If you are missing one or more of your natural teeth and you want to permanently replace them, this article is for you. In this post, we discuss at least three types of dental implants to help you decide the best type for you. Atlantic Dental Group in Whitter, CA is a specialist dental implant-focused practice. First, let’s provide some information about dental implants, including the single tooth dental implant, the implant-supported bridge, and the implant-retained denture. Schedule an appointment with restorative dentist Dr. Tamir Paz to learn if you are a dental implant candidate.
A dental implant can change your life. It is a tiny titanium post or screw that’s surgically positioned in your jaw beneath the gum line. The post fuses with the jawbone to create a stable tooth restoration foundation.
The dental implant post replaces the root of your natural tooth. It fuses with the bone like a dental root and also preserves your existing bone structure.
The restoration tooth sits on top of the dental implant. Most often, the restoration is a crown that replaces a single tooth. However, dental implants may be designed to support multiple lost teeth with a bridge device or secured dentures.
Your dental implants, like natural teeth, can last for the rest of your life with proper care. With so many benefits, dental implants are now considered the best method to permanently replace your missing teeth.
Which kind of dental implant will work best for your smile? Let’s learn more about the three primary types of dental implants, including the pros and cons of each kind.
A single dental implant to replace one missing tooth
If you’ve lost a single tooth, your restorative dentist may recommend a dental implant to replace it. The dental implant is comprised of a titanium post plus a crown.
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Unlike other dental restoration devices and techniques, the single dental implant immediately replaces the lost tooth, from crown to root.
If you’ve lost one tooth or several that aren’t next to each other, single dental implants may work best for you.
Alternatively, if you lost teeth that were next to each other, single dental implants might not be the best way to restore your smile. The next kind of dental implant, an implant-supported bridge, may save you time and money in replacing multiple natural teeth.
To replace several natural adjacent teeth, an implant-supported bridge may work best.
An implant-supported bridge saves time and money when replacing more than one tooth. If the missing teeth were next to each other, Dr. Tamir Paz may recommend this option after your evaluation.
Usually, a dental bridge is made up of two individual crowns on both sides of the lost tooth gap with an artificial tooth kept in place by the crowns.
Instead of the crowns attaching to the teeth, an implant-supported bridge includes crowns affixed to more than one dental implant. The process is much like the installation of a single dental implant. In comparison, the lost tooth position in the middle of the gap won’t receive a new dental implant.
The implant-supported bridge secures multiple implants when your lost teeth were adjacent to each other without the need to replace the individual teeth. However, not every tooth in the implant-supported bridge design will receive a new dental implant. For that reason, you may lose some jawbone mass. Learn more by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Tamir Paz, our restorative dental expert.
Next, what is the solution if you’ve lost most or all of your natural teeth?
To replace most or all of your natural teeth in the upper or lower arch, the implant-retained denture may be the best solution.
Years ago, older people replaced their natural teeth with a set of “dentures.” These dentures didn’t perform like natural teeth. The wearer took them out at night and soaked them in attempts to lessen bad breath the next day.
The implant-retained denture is radically different. It is a complete artificial arch for your upper or lower mouth. It’s set on the gum line and provides the appearance of a full set of natural teeth.
Unlike “traditional” false teeth, the implant-retained denture will not slide, fall out, slip, or click.
The permanently secure implant-retained denture looks like strong and natural teeth.
Our team of dental implant specialists will position four dental implants on your arch. When the implants heal, your traditional denture can be modified so it’s possible to wear the dentures without affecting your gums’ healing process. After your gums are healed, your custom denture fastened to dental implants is installed. This results in a custom-designed, permanent, and secure denture that ideally suits your face,
If you wear old-school dentures now, an implant-retained denture may solve your denture problems. If you’ve lost many teeth, it is also an excellent way to restore your confidence and smile.
Importantly, all of the above dental implant types work for most patients. Before you decide on the best dental implant for your situation, you must learn if you’re a good candidate for dental implants. How does the restorative dentist determine your candidacy?
Our experts are implant and periodontal disease specialists. Each workday, we evaluate patients for dental implant surgery by considering these factors:
Your Bone Health
Surrounding bone starts to degenerate when a natural tooth is lost. You must have sufficient bone to allow the dental implant post to securely fuse with it. If the lost tooth has been missing for some time, there might not be sufficient bone tissue in which to secure the implant.
The restorative dentist uses a CBCT scanner to provide a three-dimensional view of your jawbone and mouth. The study evaluates the bone tissue quality and quantity. If the study shows there’s sufficient bone, it is possible to create a custom dental implant treatment plan.
A bone grafting procedure may be necessary to improve the quality of your bone tissue for implants. The bone graft helps the body to restore tissue and bone. If the bone graft procedure is successful, it may be possible to successfully perform dental implant surgery.
In our experience, dental implant procedures work best in adults. If an individual is too young, it’s often best until the facial structure is fully developed. This occurs at about age 16 for females and age 18 for males.
Your Health Status
The patient should be in good oral and general health for successful dental surgery. Gum disease, some chronic issues like diabetes, or heavy smoking can affect your dental implant candidacy.
Each patient is carefully and thoroughly evaluated for dental implants. Your new dental implants can actually improve your health. We want to work with you!
Many patients know that dental implants will improve their lives. Their primary concerns include questions about dental implant costs.
According to Forbes, no two dental patients are alike. The restorative dentist may need to perform other tests or provide services before the patient’s dental implant surgery. Depending on the patient, the dentist will perform a comprehensive dental examination (and three-dimensional imaging); extract problem teeth, if needed; install the dental post(s); place abutment hardware; fabricate the crown(s); and affix the crown(s).
Dental implants are an investment designed to last for the patient’s lifetime. According to the American Dental Association (ADA) Health Policy Institute’s cost survey, the cost of a dental implant, crown, abutment, and other procedures costs $3,100 to $5,800. Multiple dental implants, i.e. the implant-supported bridge (when filling a gap with three to four adjacent teeth can save you money (about $6,000 to $10,000). Implant-supported dentures may range from $24,000 to $50,000 for both lower and upper arches.
At Atlantic Dental Group, you can take advantage of the most affordable dental implants in Whittier, CA. Click here to see our pricing for complete dental implants.
Other variables, e.g. whether a bone graft is needed, will affect the total cost of dental implant surgeries.
Your restorative dentist will present your total costs after a customized plan is developed for you. Dental insurance often considers implants as an elective or cosmetic decision. However, dental implant coverage is improving as more patients recognize the social importance of a healthy smile. Typically, dental insurance may pick up a part of your total cost of dental implants. How much your dental insurance reimburses depends on the procedure. You may also have a reimbursement cap in any coverage year as well as a lifetime cap on any medical or dental procedure.
You may also use flexible spending accounts, health savings accounts, or health reimbursement accounts to pay for dental implants. Check with your employer’s benefits administrator or ask the insurance company before you get dental implants. It’s best to understand your out-of-pocket costs at the start.
Whether you lost one tooth or many, dental implants will assist in restoring your smile and dental health. To determine the best dental implant for you, or if you have questions about dental implant types, contact Atlantic Dental Group to schedule a consultation now.