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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.

Snap-in 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.

Screw-Retained Full Set of Implant Teeth

This is a truly life-changing option for anyone dreading the thought of losing all of their teeth or for people who don’t want something that you take in and out every day. Depending upon the amount of jawbone that you have, anywhere from 4 to 8 dental implants are placed. Then a full set of teeth are attached to the implants. This option restores nearly all of your original chewing ability so that you can smile with confidence and eat anything you’d like!

Tooth for Tooth Dental Implant Replacement

Tooth for tooth dental implant replacement is an excellent option for people who need a full mouth solution and want an option that truly mimics natural teeth.

Typically, eight to twelve dental implants are placed per arch and individual crowns are placed on top of those implants. With this option, it’s like you’re getting a new set of teeth, but you’ll never have to worry about getting cavities!

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.

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.