Most Common Types of Dental Implants

November 12, 2018 Editor

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Dental implants are artificial roots which support and retain prosthetic teeth. They are the most consistent and durable way to replace missing teeth. Dental implants come in different sizes, heights and types. One of our AACD accredited dentists can help you determine the best option for you and your particular needs. Today we’d like to take the time to expand upon on a dental treatment many of our patients opt for; Dental Implants.

There are many types of treatments, but the following are the most common types of dental implants:

  • All on 2 Dental Implant (Removable Denture)

This type of implant can be used to replace a whole set of teeth or arch (top and bottom). This means a replacement of 14 teeth for each arch.

In this case, the patient will need at least two dental implants to attach two dentures onto those implants. This option can be used to avoid planked or removable dentures. Although it can be a better option in certain cases, it is generally not the most comfortable one.

At Meza Dental Care we commonly recommend the all on 4 or all on 6 dental implant procedure.

  • All on 4 Dental Implant

The all-on-4 concept comes from placing 4 implants that will support a whole non-removable denture (bridge). These four dental implants act like pillars to the denture that supports the prosthetic teeth.

This denture is formed by a metal frame called a hybrid denture, and the teeth, which are made with an acrylic material. We insert each tooth individually on the metal frame and we add simulated gums. This requires a certain level of artistry in addition to technical expertise.

Because of this careful attention to detail, your smile will look as if it was a part of your natural bone structure.

  • All on 6 Dental Implant

The difference between the all-on-4 implant and the all-on-6 implant is the number of implants that are used. All-on-6 has six implants. The decision on which method to use depends on the clinical opinion of the dental practice.

At Meza Dental, we recommend the All-on-6 procedure because, in our experience, it provides better strength and stability, especially when you chew or bite. Having 6 dental implants allows for an even dispersal of the pressure from your bite to your implants and through the jaw, resulting in a significant amount of added strength, stability and long lasting benefit.

Esthetically speaking, the all-on-6 dental implant looks more natural that other types. This is because we use porcelain to make the teeth, this material looks even more similar to your natural teeth. Additionally, the structure for each tooth is custom molded directly onto the metal frame for a more natural look and longer lasting results. This is the closest thing to having natural teeth. The porcelain teeth are artistically custom made by the lab technician so that they fit perfectly to your unique physical features.

  • Fixed Bridges

A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth. There are several types of bridges. You and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular case.

The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. This type of bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years, however they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear over time.

We believe that the best patient is an educated patient. Our aim is to assist you in making informed decisions about your oral health.

Assisting you in a respectful, caring, and knowledgeable fashion is one of our priorities. Dozens of satisfied patients have given us their testimonial of Meza Dental and we’d love nothing more than to earn yours! We understand that having a great relationship with your healthcare providers can help you achieve a healthy life. We look forward to seeing you soon and helping you to a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles.