types of dental implant restorations

What Are The Different Types Of Implant Restorations?

Dental implants are one of the most popular smile restoration procedures, but did you know there are several types available? 

Knowing the differences between them can help you make an informed decision that leads to a happy and healthy smile for life. Check out this short guide to learn all about your dental implant options. 

Types of Dental Implants

There are three main types of dental implants:

  • Endosteal: The metal post is inserted into the jaw bone and connected to an abutment and dental crown. 
  • Subperiosteal: Instead of a metal post, patients get a frame inserted under the gum tissue. 
  • Zygomatic: Involves adding the implant into the cheekbone rather than the jawbone.

The most common type of dental implant is the endosteal one. It mimics both the look and function of the natural tooth, providing a lifelong restoration that helps support your entire oral health through jawbone stimulation. 

Unfortunately, patients who’ve suffered bone loss aren’t usually good candidates for endosteal implants, in which case they may benefit more from subperiosteal or even zygomatic implants. An implant specialist can help you decide which type of implant is the best option based on your specific case.

Types of Implant Restoration 

When most people think of a dental implant, they imagine a single artificial tooth. And yes, this is the most common level of restoration in implant dentistry. 

However replacing missing teeth one by one can prove costly if the patient has more significant tooth loss or damage, not to mention that it can take a bigger toll on them during healing.

So if you have multiple missing teeth, you may have two other options available:

  • Implant-supported bridges: A dental bridge is a prosthetic that can replace 2-4 missing teeth at the same time, as long as they’re in a row. Patients can get two metal posts on each side of the bridge, which act as anchors. When the prosthetic is attached, the missing teeth between the anchors are also replaced without needing additional implants.
  • Implant-supported dentures: With this option, you’ll get four dental implants placed throughout the jaw bone, and a custom denture is attached on top. Patients can get both partial and full implant-supported dentures, depending on the level of restoration they need. And unlike traditional dentures, implant-supported ones are fixed, leading to greater comfort and convenience.

How Smile Society General Dentistry Can Help

Dental implants are fantastic options to restore almost anyone’s smile. However knowing which type and level of restoration will work for you is difficult to determine without getting an oral health assessment.

So come meet our West Windsor dentists to discover all your smile restoration options and reclaim your happy and healthy smile!

Request an appointment at Smile Society General Dentistry online or call our office at (609) 779-2054 to learn more about our service and how we can help.

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