Different kind of Dental Implant Solutions on Omaha, NE
April 23, 2019
Many people have heard of dental implants, but far fewer realize that there are actually several different varieties of this revolutionary treatment. This makes it possible for far more people to benefit from implant technology, including those with bridges and dentures. And, if you don’t want to wait for your final smile restoration, it is possible to get the entire procedure done in just one day.
Here is what you need to know about the different types of dental implants.
Single tooth implants
As you might expect, single tooth implants are designed to replace an individual missing tooth. This could be a tooth that has fallen out due to decay or trauma and has not been able to be successfully replaced or a tooth that has required extraction.
Each single tooth implant requires just one implant post to be placed into the jaw bone. This is inserted directly below the gap in your smile via the gum tissue. Once in place, you will be fitted with a temporary crown while the bone heals around the implant to secure it in place. This process, known as osseointegration, is essential for the implant to be successful. If it doesn’t happen, the implant and the visible part of your tooth could come out.
Several months later, when your implant dentist is satisfied that the implant post is secure, your final, custom-designed crown will be attached. This will be made in the shape, size, and color needed to blend in with your natural teeth. The end result? A restoration that looks and feels just like a real tooth.
Implant-supported bridges and dentures
If you have multiple gaps in your smile, you will be pleased to learn that implant technology can be combined with both the design of conventional bridges and dentures to provide you with a solution that replaces two or more teeth. Your restoration will be supported on a number of implant posts that will be strategically placed into your jaw. Exactly how many will be needed will depend on whether you are having a bridge or a partial or full implant. However, in most cases a bridge can be supported on just two implant posts, while a denture could require anywhere from four to eight. Your implant dentist will be able to give you more precise information after analyzing your teeth.
As with single tooth implants, your restoration will be created specifically for you from the highest quality materials. This will be placed once osseointegration has taken place. In the meantime, you will be fitted with a temporary bridge or denture so that you don’t lose any functionality of your teeth.
Don’t want to wait for your smile restoration? We don’t blame you. Fortunately, same-day implants, also sometimes known as All-on-4 or All-on-6 depending on the procedure you choose, enable patients to get multiple dental implants placed and their final restoration attached within a single dental appointment. This makes it a great choice if you struggle to find the time for dental visits or if you have an important occasion coming up.
What makes it possible to get same-day implants? The answer lies in the positioning of the posts which are placed at specific angles in the strongest parts of the jaw. This makes them less reliant on osseointegration and makes it possible for them to become load-bearing straight away. All-on-4 implant procedure refers to an arch loaded onto four implant posts, while All-on-6… yes you guessed it, is loaded onto six implant posts.
While your implants are being inserted, the restoration is being made. The restoration itself is firstly designed using cutting edge CAD (computer-aided design) technology, which uses images of your teeth taken using highly-accurate cameras. This design is created using CAM (computer-aided manufacturing) technology, milled on site using the highest grade of porcelain or zirconia. This can then be fitted onto your implants and you can leave with your new smile in just one day.
If you would like to learn more about any of the types of dental implants listed above, or if you would like to arrange an appointment to discuss your smile and how dental implants can restore or improve it, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly, knowledgeable team.