Depending on what kind of dental implant your dentist feels will provide you with the most success, a variety of options abound. Implants are made from titanium as this strong material creates a suitable and lasting replacement for the root of the tooth.
These implants, shaped like mini screws, plates or cylinders, are surgically implanted into the jawbone. This style comprises the most widely used implant variety. It is the type we place at Harrell Dental Implant Center.
These implants differ in that they are placed above the jawbone as opposed to under the gum. Individuals who prefer not to undergo bone grafting procedures to build up their shallow jawbone may opt for this procedure. Some people simply are not candidates for bone grafting due to a variety of reasons. If the process of rebuilding the jawbone prior to implants is not an option, this is the next best choice.
Mini and standard implants
As everyone’s jaw and mouth are unique, there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to dental implants. Therefore, your dentist will take X-rays and determine the most suitable implant choice by taking height and size into consideration. The technology has evolved so tremendously that a suitable option will be available.
What is a One and Two Stage System?
Certain implant systems are inserted and then covered with the gum tissue to facilitate the healing process. In this first stage, they are left to fuse or integrate into the jawbone to create a strong anchor point. The implant is uncovered during stage two and a healing abutment or small connector is placed on the implant, connecting it to the mouth above the gum line. This provides the gum tissue the opportunity to heal around the implant. Once 4 to 6 weeks have passed, porcelain crowns can be generated to replace the missing teeth.
The One Stage system leaves the implant exposed post surgery. It protrudes slightly through the gum tissue. The Two Stage procedure offers more protection and is the method used at Harrell Dental Implant Center.
As dental technology continues to surpass itself, many of today’s implants are smaller and just as durable. Mini implants resemble traditional implants, however, they have a smaller diameter. Micro-mini versions offer more of a screw-like appearance and are narrower and smaller compared to traditional implants. They are designed to be removed easily and are often temporary in nature.
Individuals who need to replace a single tooth now have the option of using a single implant to provide lasting durability. No one will be able to tell which tooth is the restoration once the process is complete. No other restoration will be as strong or secure.
Those who need to restore multiple missing teeth have implant options as well. Multiple crowns can be placed on an implant bridge to offer a lasting solution for missing teeth. An entire arch of replacement teeth can be secured with an All-on-4 implant. The possibilities are numerous and your dentist will be happy to discuss your individual options.
Snap-in or Over dentures
Denture stabilization can be obtained by strategically placing three implants onto which a denture can be anchored. This process preserves jawbone integrity and offers superior stabilization. Patients can often have their current dentures retrofitted to work with this process.