What Are the Different Types of Dental Implants?

In casual conversation, “dental implant” is used to refer to any number of restorations that replace missing teeth, but technically speaking, a dental implant is really only the post that is placed in the jaw to provide support for these restorations. While the restorations address tooth loss above the gum line, dental implants address the consequences of tooth loss below the gum line by preventing bone loss. As one of the leading providers of dental implants in Monmouth County, Dr. Champagne offers a wide range of dental implant restoration options to address the needs of his patients.

Single-Tooth Dental Implants

Single-tooth dental implants are the closest replica available to a natural tooth. A single dental implant supports a single dental crown, with an abutment connecting the two pieces. When only one tooth needs replacement with a dental implant, Dr. Champagne carefully crafts a crown that blends in naturally with the rest of your smile so no one will ever suspect that your dental implant isn’t your real tooth.

Implant-Supported Bridges

Implant-supported bridges are used when several adjacent teeth are missing or need to be extracted and replaced. This is a more economical solution than replacing each individual missing tooth with its own dental implant; instead, only the outermost missing teeth receive dental implants. These two implants are used to support a span of prosthetic teeth.

Implant-supported bridges are durable, long-lasting, and an excellent alternative to traditional bridges. With a traditional bridge, healthy teeth on either side of your missing teeth need to be shaved down and fitted with crowns to support the bridge. This can compromise their health, leaving them vulnerable to fracture and decay. Implant-supported bridges are completely self-supported, so they have no negative impact on adjacent teeth.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Implant-supported dentures can be full or partial and fixed or removable. When dentures are supported with implants rather than messy pastes or adhesives, they’re comfortable, stable, and feel more natural. These restorations also prevent bone loss in the jaw, which means you’ll have a stronger bite and a more youthful appearance.

Full Arch With Only Four Implants

This restoration allows us to replace an entire upper or lower arch of missing teeth using only four dental implants for support. Unlike implant-supported dentures, this restoration is fixed by design—it cannot be removed for cleaning like snap-on dentures. When patients are not candidates for traditional dental implants without first having bone grafting or a sinus lift, the full arch with only four implants may be a viable alternative.

Mini Dental Implants

Mini dental implants, as their name suggests, are smaller than traditional dental implants, so they require less support from the jawbone. This means that if you’ve already experienced some degree of bone loss in the jaw, mini dental implants may be an option even if you’re not eligible for conventional implants.

Learn More About the Types of Dental Implants

If you’d like to learn more about dental implants, contact us today at 732-972-0918 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Champagne.