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An Introduction To The Different Implant Types

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There are many types of dental implant available for people who are suffering from tooth loss, or who are edentulous or approaching edentulous. As well as the usual single tooth and multiple tooth treatments that are widely available, innovative solutions have been devised to combat some of the problems with the standard available implant therapies.

With these different types of implants, specialists are able to give patients new teeth within a day, are able to work on people who would previously not have been given the option due to weak bones, and provide many alternatives for those who seek them. Every advancement in dental implants brings with it new possibilities, and opens the door for more and more people to feel the benefits.

Here are just a few of the types of dental implants available:

Teeth In One Day:

One of the complaints that is common among people who have dental implant therapy, is that they have to wait for a period of 6 months of healing after their implants are installed. This waiting time leaves them with no teeth, or with temporary dentures.

Teeth in One Day is the solution to this, and allows patients to walk away with a fixed set of replacement teeth on the very same day that they have their implants. The therapy is also known as Same Day Dental Implants, and is a modern treatment that has many benefits.

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Patients go for implants as normal, but in this case only 4 implants are needed for a full arch of replacement teeth. The implants are fixed at a 45 degree angle at the back, allowing them to set well with the bone tissue, and support your jaw and replacement teeth. Your specialist will then attach a fixed set of replacement set onto the implants on the day of surgery, hence ‘teeth in 1 day’.

A few months later, when the implant are fully healed, you revisit the surgery for a simple procedure in which your temporary teeth are replaced with a new set of permanent teeth.
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Zirconia Implants:

Most of the commonly used dental implants are made of titanium, and have been since the late 1960s when it was discovered that the metal bonding well with bone cells in a process known as osseointegration. Zirconia implants break that mold, and are made out of a ceramic that is commonly used in aerospace engineering, but that has also had great success in its use for hip replacements; ziconium oxide.

Zirconia implants are strong, extremely biocompatible and fuse well with the bone, and have a high resistance to fracture. One of the main differences to the patient is aesthetic. Zirconia is a grey-white color that happens to be very similar to the color of natural teeth, giving an instantly more natural look than titanium.

Although zirconia implants are gaining popularity, titanium is still the most used material, and a longer and wider body of research currently supports its use. Time will only tell whether Zirconia ceramic implants are superior, but for now patients do have the options for this treatment.

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Zygomatic Implants:

One of the problems with dental implants as a solution for edentulous patients, is that the treatment may not always be available for people who have a weak or low density of jawbone. The Zygomatic implants are one of the solutions to this problem, and were pioneered by Professor Branemark in Sweden, in 1989. They have since shown a phenomenal long term success rate of 96.8%, and are still used as a valid treatment today. The Zygomatic implants are similar to a standard dental implant procedure, at least from the patient’s point of view.

Two implants are fitted at the back of the upper jaw, and two to four are fitted at the front of the upper jaw, in order to support of set of replacement teeth.

There are a couple of significant differences though. The Zygomatic implants are longer than usual. This extra length has a purpose. The implants are fixed not to the jawbone as is usually the case, but to the Zygoma, commonly known as the cheekbone.

The cheekbone has been found to have significantly large enough bone density to allow patients who would regularly be denied treatment to enjoy the benefits of a fixed, permanent set of teeth, without the need for any bone grafting surgery, which can be extensive and costly.
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No-Bone Solution:

People with very little bone in their upper jaw (known medically as severely atrophic maxilla), are often denied traditional dental implant treatment, leaving them with very few options apart from dentures. The No-bone solution is one solution to this. It uses a combination of guided implant surgery with rehabilitation of the severely atrophic maxilla, in order that the patient by able to have implants without the need for a lengthy bone grafting procedure.
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Snap-on Dentures:

Ordinary dentures are removable, but they also sometimes have trouble staying in your mouth, and can’t always provide the same level of functionality as other methods. Snap-on dentures are replacement teeth in the form of dentures that are secured onto a set of 4-5 implants. This gives them much more security and stability than ordinary dentures. It is important to remember that the dentures are removable, and must be taken out and cleaned. They simply snap back on to your implants.

Snap-on-Dentures

As well as the extra stability, snap-on dentures do not have a palate. This means that there is nothing touching the top of your mouth, which makes them much more comfortable, especially for people who are usually bothered by their dentures touching the top of their mouth.

It is possible to have a partial or full set of teeth replaced with snap-on dentures. In the case of partial replacement you are often able to keep your existing teeth, while replacing missing ones with beautifully natural looking replicas. The dentures are expertly molded to perfectly fit the individual patient’s mouth.
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How Do I Know What Implant Type Is Best For Me?

Do not let all of these types of dental implant confuse you. They bring immense possibilities if you need them, and your specialist will help you to understand your options, and what dental implants are best for your situation.

At Friedman Dental Group we provide high quality dental implant therapies to give you excellent replacement teeth that are functional and beautiful.

Contact us today to find out more about dental implants, or to arrange a free consultation. As well as the extra stability, snap-on dentures do not have a palate. This means that there is nothing touching the top of your mouth, which makes them much more comfortable, especially for people who are usually bothered by their dentures touching the top of their mouth.

It is possible to have a partial or full set of teeth replaced with snap-on dentures. In the case of partial replacement you are often able to keep your existing teeth, while replacing missing ones with beautifully natural looking replicas. The dentures are expertly molded to perfectly fit the individual patient’s mouth.

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