Understanding the Different Types of Dental Implants

TFIf you are missing one or more teeth, treatment with dental implants can restore your oral form and function and provide life-changing benefits. Dr. Etienne van Zyl can explain the various types of dental implants available during a consultation at his Memphis, TN, practice. With a consultation, he can help you understand your restorative treatment options and the best dental implants treatment for your oral health goals and needs.

Dental Implant Basics

Dental implants are small, threaded posts that are typically made from titanium. These posts are surgically placed in your jaw and fuse with your jawbone to provide unrivaled support for a restorations. This advanced treatment will halt bone loss, improving your oral health and preserving the shape of your facial features. Dr. van Zyl is highly experienced in this field, and is able to place and restore your dental implants without the need for outside referrals.

A traditional dental implant next to a mini dental implant

Compared to traditional implants, mini implants are roughly half the size. The also have a different construction, with a ball on the end instead of an abutment.

Traditional Implants

Traditional implants are a trusted option for patients receiving any type of restoration. These posts are usually made from titanium and can be up to 3.5 mm wide. They may cost more than other options, but because of their larger size, they can provide more stability and durability.  One dental implant will be used  to support a dental crown, two or more a dental bridge or partial denture, and four or more for a full denture or full-arch bridge. 

Because of their width and length, traditional implants do require bone density and volume to properly fuse with your jaw. Patients who have experienced bone loss or who have sinuses that are too low for the posts may require a bone graft or sinus lift before receiving implants. Our team will complete  a thorough exam with specialized imaging technology to determine if you can receive traditional implants and if you require any preparatory procedures.

Mini Implants

Mini implants are a more recent option. These posts are typically only 1.8 mm wide, and are shorter than traditional posts. A skilled dentist can place four mini implants at strategic angles in order to support a full denture. Fewer implant posts can also be used to support other restorations. In addition, because of their smaller size, mini implants often help patients who have suffer from bone loss or low sinuses to receive implants treatment without the need for preparatory procedures. 

Using advanced technology and extensive experience, Dr. van Zyl and his team can help you choose the best dental implants to improve your oral health and smile for years to come.

It is important to remember that while mini implants are often less expensive than traditional implant posts, they are not appropriate for all patients. The smaller size can result in less durable support, and these posts are not recommended for patients who grind their teeth or clench their jaw. You will need to meet with Dr. van Zyl to determine the correct type of dental implants to match your unique restorative treatment needs. 

Discover Your Treatment Options

Using advanced technology and extensive experience, Dr. van Zyl and his team can help you choose the best dental implants to improve your oral health and smile for years to come. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment and begin restoring your smile.

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