Let’s go over your dental implant options. There are several types of dental implants. Three common ones are tooth cosmetic dental implants, all-on-four dental implants, and implant-retained dentures.
1. Tooth Dental Implants
This is probably what you think of when you think of cosmetic dental implants—a tooth is lost and it is replaced with another tooth via a dental implant. Depending on the patient’s circumstance, a dental implant can be used to replace one tooth, or a combination of several teeth via several individual implants or implant-supported bridges.
2. All-On-Four Dental Implants
If any of the teeth require reconstruction or are already missing most or all of the natural teeth, you may opt for a specific type of dental implants known as all-on-four implants. The treatment of all-on-four implants allows a patient to restore an entire arch of teeth by placing only four implants that support an entire arch of teeth. The all-on-four option is good for two reasons: It helps to limit cost compared to placing single tooth implants for each tooth missing, and it allows for a full mouth implant option when there is too little bone in the back of the mouth.
All-on-four implants are an innovative procedure that even helps those with extensive bone loss to totally restore missing teeth. The way all-on-four implants allow for restoration in areas of bone loss is because the implants can be angled to avoid areas of bone loss and allow osteointegration into areas that have sufficient bone.
While there are numerous benefits to the all-on-four implant procedure, not all individuals are good candidates for this treatment. A good candidate for all-on-four dental implants should :
- Require an entire set of teeth or full arch replacement
- Currently wear dentures and are not happy with the fit or upkeep required
- Lack of the bone density needed to support a large number of regular implants
All-on-four implants are an alternative solution for patients who may not want to or can’t undergo lengthy implant procedures where bone augmentation, multiple implants or soft tissue regeneration are needed.
3. Implant Retained Dentures
An implant-supported denture is an option for patients who do not have remaining teeth in the jaw but have enough bone in some areas of the jaw to support implants. An implant-retained denture is a type of overdenture that is more secure than a traditional denture because it is attached to implants. A regular denture rests on the gums via a suction method without the support of dentures. The implants essentially have buttons on top of them similar to the snaps on a jacket. The denture has reciprocating snaps on the underside of it that snap into the implants and allow it to remain more stable in place.