What are some different types of dental implants?
Dental implants provide an excellent way to replace one or multiple teeth. Whether you want to improve your chewing by replacing a missing molar, or boost your confidence by replacing a front missing tooth, you will find benefits. There are also different types of dental implants you might need from a dental clinic, depending on your situation and preference.
Standard Dental Implants
The basic type of dental implant is one that replaces your teeth one at a time. This is a standard dental implant where the metal post is first implanted into the jawbone of your missing tooth, after which you wait a few months for the bone to heal around the post. After this process occurs, you then have an artificial tooth attached to the top of the post. If you have more than one tooth that is missing, your oral surgeon might recommend getting multiple implants done at once, so that they all heal together and are done around the same time. With this type of implant, all that is needed is the metal post and the artificial tooth that goes on top of the post.
You may also be a good candidate for mini dental implants. These perform the same function as traditional implants, where they replace missing teeth with a semi-permanent option. However, the metal post and screw of the mini implant is considerably smaller in size. It doesn’t go quite as far into the bone of the missing tooth, so the procedure is shorter, and the recovery period is not quite as long and painful. The main disadvantage is that because the post is a little shorter, it might not last as long as a traditional implant will, and isn’t as durable. Though there is the added benefit of saving money by choosing mini dental implants. Talk to your dentist to decide if this is a good option for you.
If you have multiple teeth that are missing and need to get either a partial or full denture, consider using it with implants. Dental implants will allow you to lock the denture in place so it looks more natural and doesn’t move around as much. The implants are placed first, with the quantity depending on if you are getting full or partial dentures. You might wear traditional dentures during this time. Once the healing is complete from the implant procedure, you get special dentures that have a mechanism to click into place on top of the implants. They are removable just like other dentures.