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Types of Dental Implants

June 7, 2024
Types of Dental Implants

In the world of modern dentistry, dental implants have emerged as a game-changer. They are a durable, reliable, and aesthetically pleasing solution for those who have lost one or more teeth. At Bixby Dental Studio, Dr. Jose and Dr. Sara are dedicated to helping you regain your smile and confidence through this advanced treatment. 

Understanding Dental Implants

Dental implants are essentially artificial tooth roots, typically made of titanium, that provide a strong foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth. They are designed to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth. The process of getting dental implants usually involves several stages and may take a few months. However, the end result is a restoration that feels, looks, and functions like your natural teeth. 

Types of Dental Implants

Dental implants come in various types to cater to individual needs and restore different degrees of tooth loss. The four main types of dental implants are:

  1. Single-tooth implants: These are used to replace a single missing tooth. A titanium post is surgically placed into the jawbone, and a custom-made crown is attached to the top of the implant, providing a natural-looking and functional replacement tooth.
  2. Implant-supported bridges: When several adjacent teeth are missing, implant-supported bridges are an excellent solution. Instead of relying on natural teeth for support, like traditional bridges, these bridges use dental implants as anchors. This approach preserves the integrity of the surrounding natural teeth and provides a stable, long-lasting restoration.
  3. Implant-retained dentures: For patients who have lost all or most of their teeth, implant-retained dentures offer a more secure and comfortable alternative to traditional dentures. Several dental implants are placed strategically in the jawbone, and a custom-made denture is designed to snap onto the implants. This prevents the denture from slipping or shifting, allowing for better chewing and speaking function while remaining removable for easy cleaning.
  4. All-on-X: The All-on-X concept, such as All-on-4 or All-on-6, is a revolutionary approach to full-arch tooth replacement. This technique uses four to six dental implants to support a fixed full arch of prosthetic teeth. The implants are strategically angled to maximize contact with the available jawbone, making this a viable option even for patients with some degree of bone loss.

Each type of dental implant is designed to provide a strong, stable foundation for replacement teeth, ensuring a natural look and feel while restoring proper function.

Advantages of Dental Implants

Dental implants offer several advantages over other tooth replacement options. They provide improved comfort, as they become part of you, eliminating the discomfort of removable dentures. They offer improved speech, as poor-fitting dentures can cause the teeth to slip within the mouth, leading to slurred speech. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip. Moreover, they offer convenience, eliminating the embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures and the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

If you are considering dental implants, it's important to consult with a dental professional to determine if they are the right solution for you. Factors such as your overall health, the health of your gums, and the strength and density of your jawbone will play a role in this decision. At Bixby Dental Studio, Dr. Jose and Dr. Sara are experienced in evaluating patients for dental implants and can provide you with a comprehensive consultation to determine the best course of action.

Take the First Step Towards a New Smile Today!

Don't let missing teeth hold you back any longer. Dental implants can provide a long-term solution to help you regain your smile and confidence. If you're in Long Beach, CA, and considering dental implants, reach out to Bixby Dental Studio. Dr. Jose and Dr. Sara are ready to guide you through the process and help you make the best decision for your oral health. Call us today at (562) 279-2150 to schedule your consultation. Your journey to a new, beautiful smile starts here!

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