Different Dental Implant Techniques
Different types of dental implants exist to meet a wide range of patient needs. No matter if you are missing one tooth, several teeth, or all of your teeth, implants can help you to regain your smile and the confidence that goes along with it.
Single Dental Implants
This is the most common type of dental implant. The implant is placed into the bone of the jaw to replace the root of a missing tooth, and after several weeks, it becomes fused with the bone. Then, at a subsequent appointment, a post is attached to the implant, which sticks up through the gum tissue, and a temporary tooth is attached to the end of the post. Once the gum tissue heals around the post, the permanent tooth is placed.
Immediate Load Dental Implants
These implants are placed, and a temporary crown attached, during a single appointment. Not everyone is a candidate for same day dental implants, however. The patient needs to have sufficient bone available to support the implant with pressure being placed on the temporary tooth.
Mini Dental Implants
Mini implants are narrower than regular implants, and are typically used when there is not enough space to place the larger implants. Sometimes they are preferred for the incisors or the lower arch.
With this technique, implants are used to support a bridge that replaces all of the teeth on an arch. Four implants are placed in locations around the arch where there is enough bone available. Special abutments are used to allow a set of temporary teeth to be placed at the same time, and the patient is put on a modified diet until permanent teeth can be placed.
If you are considering dental implants, contact our dental implants dentist to discuss which treatment is right for you.
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