There are actually dozens of different types of dental implants depending on where the implant will be placed, how many you need, your age, the structure of your jaw and many other factors. However, the following are the three most common types of dental implants and when they are used. Please keep in mind that your dentist may suggest something altogether different based on your own oral health.
Conventional Dental Implants
Conventional dental implants are the most common. One tooth or all of them can be replaced as they are bolted into the jawbone by way of metal screws that have been implanted into the bone itself. If you are having all of your teeth replaced with conventional dental implants, you may be able to do so with as few as four implants. This is much fewer than the way it was just a few years ago when dental implants were still a new concept.
Mini Implants and Micro Implants
Both mini and micro dental implants are smaller in size and their names refer to just how much smaller they are. Mini implants are just a tad smaller than conventional ones, having a tooth that is a bit smaller to fit in spaces where the size of a regular dental implant would normally not fit. The bolt is a little smaller as well. Micro implants are even smaller than mini ones and are a bit rarer, being able to fit in very small places.
A bridge is a denture that can be removed, held in place by existing teeth on either side of the space left behind by the missing teeth. However, if the existing teeth are not healthy enough to support the bridge, dental implants can be placed to hold the bridge in place. This is known as fixed bridgework.
No matter what type of dental implants you are looking for, Bayside Dental can help you decide which are best for your situation. Call us to schedule a consultation so we can set up the right treatment plan for you.