What are the Different Types of Dental Implants?

July 10, 2017

Smiling senior woman with natural looking dental implantsDental implant supported tooth replacement has changed the way we restore smiles following the loss of any number of teeth. From a single tooth to a full arch of teeth, we can replace any number of teeth, roots and crowns, with natural looking, feeling, and functioning dental implant posts that mimic the root structures of lost teeth. There have been numerous technological advancements in dental care over the past decades, but none matches the innovative dental implant. If you’re missing one or more teeth and you’d like to find out more about implant supported tooth replacement, please don’t hesitate to contact the Medina dental practice of Allan J. Milewski, DDS.

Dental Implant Restorations

We offer dental implant supported replacement for any number of missing teeth. Depending on the number and location of missing teeth, we may recommend the placement of a single dental implant up to six implant posts. On rare occasion, the placement of more implant posts may be necessary, but this is atypical and largely depends on the size of the jaw. The following implant restorations are typically recommended:

  • Dental crowns – a single dental crown or two crowns fused together can typically be supported by a single dental implant post.
  • Fixed bridges – like a traditional fixed bridge, an implant bridge uses dental crowns fused to one or more replacement teeth to restore consecutive missing teeth. Instead of attaching an implant supported fixed bridge to healthy teeth, we attach the supporting dental crowns to implant posts, one at each end of the bridge.
  • Partial and full dentures – patients with more advanced tooth loss will need an implant supported partial or full denture. Partials fill in gaps between teeth and full dentures replace the entire row of teeth. We are usually capable of attaching a partial or full denture to about four implant posts.
  • All-on-4 dentures – like traditional implant dentures, the All-on-4 system uses four implant posts to support an entire denture. However, instead of placing all four implants at various spots along the jaw line, we use the naturally denser portion of the jawbone at the front to support the front and back of the denture by angling two of the implant posts from the back of the prosthetic into the denser portion of the jaw.

Should I Consider Dental Implants?

Any patient missing one or more teeth should consider dental implant supported tooth replacement. In fact, with Dr. Milewski’s advanced training and experience and our innovative techniques, technologies, and quality materials, more patients than ever before have great chances of successfully receiving dental implant supported tooth replacement. If you’re missing one or more teeth, schedule a dental implant consultation with our Medina dentist and team. We’ll examine your smile and help you make the best choice to care for your smile.

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