Types of Dental Implants
At Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery, we provide dental implants as a solution for your missing teeth. This particular treatment involves the use of small titanium posts that are surgically implanted into your jawbone. Your bone fuses to the posts, in a process known as osseointegration. This process stabilizes the posts in your jaw and turns them into strong roots that support your replacement teeth. Dental implants are a versatile treatment and can be used to meet a variety of needs.
Single Tooth Implants
Much like the name implies, single tooth implants are those that replace a single missing tooth, providing an alternative to a traditional bridge. We use a single post to support a single ceramic crown. It is possible to have more than one single tooth implant in your mouth.
Multiple Tooth Implants
A multiple tooth implant is also often called an implant supported bridge. Providing an alternative to traditional bridges and partial dentures, this type of implant replaces two or more consecutive missing teeth. Depending on the number of teeth you are missing and the health of your jawbone, your new teeth may be supported by one or more posts.
Full Arch Replacement
A full arch replacement is often called an implant supported denture. This type of implant uses 6 to 8 titanium posts to support an entire arch of missing teeth from either your top or your bottom jaw, providing you with an alternative to a traditional full denture.
All-on-4® Treatment Concept
The All-on-4® Treatment Concept is a type of full arch replacement. However, this type of implant is used in situations where your jaw does not have sufficient strength to support the necessary 6 to 8 implants required by an implant supported denture. Insufficient bone mass can lead to loose implants or implant failure. Even the failure of just one implant can compromise your entire restoration. Instead of requiring a bone graft to get an implant supported denture, the All-on-4® Treatment Concept uses only four implants. These implants are placed strategically in your jaw to maximize contact with your existing bone mass.
Bar Retained Implants
A bar retained implant, also called a bar attachment denture, is another option for replacing an entire arch of teeth when there is not enough bone mass to support a regular implant supported denture. This implant uses four posts, which are placed in the jaw at angles. After they have been placed, a bar is attached, that connects to all of the posts. After you have fully healed, your permanent teeth are attached to the bar, which works to provide additional stability for your new teeth.
Mini Dental Implants
Mini dental implants are another type of implant that is used when your jawbone is lacking sufficient strength. These implants can be used to replace individual teeth. In addition to replacing teeth in an area that may not be strong enough, they can be used to replace teeth in narrow locations, or teeth that are small. The posts are significantly smaller than traditional implants and are designed a little differently. Instead of an abutment, mini dental implants have a small ball at the end of them, and the teeth are attached via a socket and elastic O-ring.
No matter if you have lost one tooth or many teeth, dental implants can help. For more information, and to find out if they are right for you, call Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery today at (805) 267-9766.
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