Facts About the Different Types of Dental Implants and What They’re For

Facts About the Different Types of Dental Implants and What They’re For

Feb 01, 2021

Dental Implants: What Are They? 

Dental implants are unique in that, unlike most tooth restorations, they do not require any form of tooth reduction or depend on neighboring abutment teeth. Teeth implants in Brookline do not require any form of filing, crowning, or bonding.

Our dentists in Brookline, MA will implant these surgical fixtures so that they are embedded into the jawbone.

Why Choose Dental Implants?

There are typically three major causes of tooth loss–tooth decay, damage due to accidents, and periodontal disease. Dental implants in Brookline are one of the best innovations when it comes to tooth restoration.

1. Better Aesthetic 

The materials used in making dental implants, especially the uppermost portion known as the crown, have a similar appearance to natural teeth. Thus, dental crowns can be created to blend in seamlessly with your smile.

This resemblance is great if you want a tooth replacement option that will look just like the rest of your pearly whites. Nobody will be able to immediately distinguish your dental implant from your natural teeth.

2. Durability and Longevity 

The second benefit is that implants are permanent. They are meant to last for decades. This longevity is possible because all of its parts, from the crown, screw, abutment, to the fixture, are durable. They can withstand wear and tear.

Remember, these are not merely placed over your teeth. They are implanted and drilled down into your bone. The implants will eventually fuse with your jawbone, and it will feel as though they are a part of your natural set of teeth.

3. Sturdy Foundation 

Since a dental implant has a fixture that is embedded into the jawline, you can rest assured that it will be held in place with impressive stability, security, and solidity. Unlike temporary tooth replacement and restoration procedures, they do not need to be replaced as frequently as other restorative dental prostheses.

4. Observing Proper Oral Hygiene 

Temporary tooth repair devices are often accompanied by complicated instructions for oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing teeth are much more complicated with such dental devices.

But with dental implants, you are simply advised to follow regular teeth and gum care. You will not be required to comply with a set of complicated maintenance instructions. What is expected of you in terms of caring for your natural teeth is all that you need to observe to care for your dental implants.

Basic Types of Dental Implants 

All-on-4 Implants/All-on-6 Implants 

All-on-4 dental implants are gaining momentum in the world of dental restoration. These implants can replace all of the patient’s teeth on the entire gum line. All-on-4 dental implants consist of four fixtures–two implants close to your canines and another two implants close to your back molars. 

For patients wanting a more stable base for the prosthetic dental arch, All-on-6 dental implants are available as well. For All-on-6 implants, an additional two implants will be used. However, patients must have enough bone mass to support the additional implants.

If you are unsure which one is better for you, our dentist can help you decide. All-on-4 dental implants are less invasive due to the fewer number of implants.

Single Tooth Implant 

Single tooth implants replace teeth one at a time. This is great for patients who only have a handful of badly damaged teeth that need replacing. It does not matter whether the missing teeth are next to each other or are random on the gumline.

Mini Dental Implants (MDI)

What differentiates mini dental implants from the first three is that they do not need to be completely implanted into the jawbone. Many confuse mini dental implants with dental bridges mainly because of their comparable size.

However, MDIs have screws or fixtures that are much thinner than single-tooth or All-on-4 implants. While other implants have three to four parts assembled together, mini implants only have two parts.

If you would like to schedule a consultation for dental implants, give Dental Partners of Brookline a call today. We would be glad to set you up with an appointment.

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