Types of Dental Implants: What You Need to Know Before Treatment

Asad A | September 27, 2023
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Your teeth are important for your oral and overall health. Unfortunately, sometimes no matter how well you take care of them, they fail you. There are many reasons that you may lose teeth. The good news is, there are lots of options for tooth replacement.

Dental implants are one of the most popular options because they look, feel, and function like natural teeth.

Different Types of Dental Implants

There are several different types of dental implants:

  • Single Implant: replaces a single missing tooth
  • Implant-Supported Bridge: replaces several missing teeth in a row
  • Implant-Supported Denture: replaces up to an entire arch with up to 8 dental implants
  • All-on-4: replaces an entire arch of missing teeth with 4 dental implants
  • All-on-6: replaces an entire arch of missing teeth with 6 dental implants

Dental Implant Treatment Process

The process for getting dental implants is extensive and can take up to a year or more, depending on a variety of factors.

Consultation and Evaluation

The first step in any procedure is the consultation/evaluation. During this visit, the dentist will perform a comprehensive exam, including X-rays and other necessary imaging. In addition, your oral and overall health history and habits will be discussed.

Treatment Planning

The information from the consultation/evaluation will be used to create your custom treatment plan. If you need any prep procedures such as gum disease treatment, extractions, bone grafting, or others, those will be scheduled first.

Implant Placement Procedure

Implant placement typically takes several hours, depending on the number of implants being placed. There are two types of implants: endosteal and subperiosteal. Endosteal implants are placed in the jawbone, which requires an incision in the gum and a hole in the jawbone. Subperiosteal implants sit above the jawbone, which requires only an incision in the gum. Once the implants are in place, the incision will be closed.

Depending on your condition and the type of restoration you are getting, a temporary prosthesis may be placed on the same day as the implants.

Healing and Osseointegration

Over the next 3 to 6 months, your jawbone will be healing around and fusing with the implants. This process is known as osseointegration. You will need to stick to a soft food diet and be careful when cleaning around the implants to avoid causing them to shift.

Placement of Restoration

Once osseointegration has taken place, you will return to the dentist for the placement of your permanent restoration.

Advantages and Benefits of Dental Implants

There are several advantages/benefits of dental implants over other tooth restoration options:

Improved Aesthetics and Confidence

Dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth, which will improve your appearance and confidence.

Restored Functionality

When you are missing teeth, tasks like eating and speaking can be challenging, but dental implants are a stable solution that restores functionality in these areas.

Long-Term Durability

Research has shown that dental implants have a 90% to 95% long-term success rate compared to other solutions.

Bone Health Preservation

Since implants are inserted into the jawbone, they preserve jawbone health by providing the stimulation lost by missing teeth.

Eligibility and Candidacy

According to the American Dental Association, dental implants are safe and effective for nearly everyone. Still, there are some things to be aware of when it comes to your eligibility:

Factors That Affect Suitability

Several factors impact your suitability for dental implants. The following factors may disqualify you:

  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Medical conditions such as heart disease
  • Poor oral and overall health
  • Poor oral hygiene habits
  • Smoking/tobacco use

The Role of Bone Density

Adequate bone density is critical to support dental implants. Some jawbone deterioration is acceptable and, in some cases, a bone graft can be done to restore some jawbone loss. However, significant jawbone deterioration may disqualify you from dental implants.

Age Considerations

While there is no upper age limit for dental implants, this restoration option is not recommended for patients under the age of 18.

Preparing for Dental Implant Treatment

If you’ve decided that you want to move forward with dental implant treatment, there are a few things to be aware of:

Pre-Procedure Guidelines and Instructions

Your dentist will provide you with specific pre-procedure guidelines/instructions. You will need to follow these carefully to ensure the best outcome for your procedure.

Open Communication with the Dental Team

Always maintain an open line of communication with your dental team. If you have any questions/concerns or complications, let them know. Your dentist and team want to help ensure your success with this procedure.

Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation Today

If you are missing one or more teeth and considering your tooth replacement options, schedule your consultation today at Fresno, CA with Shahbazyan DDS.  Your dentist will be able to work with you to determine your condition and which tooth replacement solution is right for you. Most people qualify for implants, but this is determined on a case-by-case basis.

Dental Implants FAQs

If you have any questions or concerns about dental implants or other restorations, your dentist can help. Below are some common questions about dental implants.

Immediately after dental implant placement, you’ll want to avoid foods that are tough, hard/crunchy, or chewy. However, once you heal, you should be able to eat anything you like.

When you have implants, you will want to take care of them. This includes:

  • Avoid clenching/grinding teeth
  • Avoid using teeth as tools
  • Avoid biting/chewing on non-food items

Yes, it is possible to experience problems and ultimately implant failure years after having them placed. This may be due to nerve damage, injury to the implant site, protrusion into the sinus cavity, improper oral hygiene, or foreign body rejection.

The risk of dental implant infection is low if you work with an experienced dentist and take proper care of your implants. Dental implants have a 90% to 95% long-term success rate.


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