Types of Dental Implant Restorations

Computer-generated 3D image of a dental implant.Different Types of Dental Implants

As we mentioned on our Dental Implants page, implants can be used in several scenarios.

Single tooth replacement: assuming you are a good candidate for a dental implant, we can easily replace a single tooth by placing one titanium post and restoring it with a crown.

Implant-supported bridge: if you have several teeth in a row that are missing or failing, we can place two implant posts and create a permanent bridge to span the full space. This gives the look of three individual teeth, but only two supporting crowns.

Implant-supported prosthesis: a stronger, more secure alternative to a denture, this option uses implant posts to secure a prosthetic designed to replace several teeth and sometimes a whole arch. It can be further sub-categorized into fixed (never comes out) or removable (snap on style) prosthesis. These stay in place significantly better than a conventional denture, allow more confidence, better function, and ability to use higher end cosmetic materials. They also maintain maintains bone density over time because of the implants.

Best Candidates for Dental Implants

When considering options for implants, it’s important to understand that not everyone is a good candidate. Patients who are chronic smokers, for example, may have difficulty with the healing process. Too often, we see cases where the implant will not fuse to the bone because of the side effects from tobacco usage. Additionally, anyone with chronic health concerns like diabetes or anemia may also struggle with getting proper fusion of titanium and bone. Patients on blood thinners will need to take great care—and have the support of their primary physician—to ensure they can clot properly after the procedure.

Safety First

If you are considering implants, make our team aware of any health condition that may prevent you from being a good candidate. Some conditions can be managed, while others may simply make implants unsafe. Your safety is our top concern.

If you have questions about implants, or if you think you may be a candidate for them, we welcome you to contact our office to schedule a complimentary consultation.

Would you like to learn more about dental implants? Call Hoyt Street Dental at (203) 323-5820 to schedule your consultation.

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