Four types of implant restorations
Modern dental implant technology makes it easier than ever to replace missing teeth and restore your mouth to its natural appearance and function. Understanding these four different types of implant restorations can help you make more informed choices about your tooth replacement options.
Single-tooth dental implant
Single-tooth dental implants are used to replace a single missing tooth when the teeth on either side of the gap are both in place and healthy. Single-tooth implants can be used to replace any type of missing tooth, whether it was lost from decay, an accident or other damage. To install a single-tooth dental implant, a titanium post is placed in the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth to act as the “root” and support the replacement tooth. An abutment is then used to connect the implant to the artificial crown to complete the restoration.
When three or more teeth are missing in a row, a dental implant-supported bridge can be used to fill the gap with a single restoration. A dental bridge is a type of restoration that replaces multiple teeth at once. To secure the bridge in the mouth, two dental implants are used, one at each end.
Snap-in dentures, or implant-supported dentures, are a type of restoration that is similar to traditional dentures except that the patient can snap their teeth firmly into place using two to six strategically placed dental implants and special abutments that allow for the denture to easily be installed and removed for cleaning. Snap-in dentures are more comfortable than traditional dentures and better for eating, speaking, and maintaining healthy bone tissue.
Full-arch dental implants
Full-arch dental implants, or All-on-4, can be cleaned and cared for just like natural teeth. Full-arch dental implants can be installed on either the upper or lower arch, or both, and are held in place by four dental implants.
Replace your missing teeth
If you are missing one or more teeth, the first step is to schedule a consultation with an oral surgeon. Your doctor will examine your mouth, take x-rays to look at the condition of your bone, and present a treatment plan.
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