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What are the Different Types of Dental Implants?

April 10, 2024
What are the Different Types of Dental Implants

The invention of dental implants has changed life for the better for millions of people in the U.S. Dental implants revolutionized the dental industry as the only dental restoration that not only replaces the missing visible part of the tooth (crown) but also the missing tooth root. As such, dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth all the while preserving the jaw bone. Dental implants can replace one missing tooth, multiple missing teeth in a row, and even an entire arch of teeth. 

Dental Implants for Individual Missing Teeth

To replace a single tooth, one implant (post or screw) made of a biocompatible material such as titanium or zirconia is surgically implanted in the jaw. Over a period of months, the jawbone and the soft tissues begin to fuse with the implanted screw in a process called osseointegration. 

Once the implant is fully fused, the implant is fitted with a permanent dental crown that matches the natural teeth in size, shape, and color.  

Dental Implants For Multiple Missing Teeth in a Row

For people with two or more consecutive missing teeth, an implant-supported bridge may be the perfect solution. An implant-supported bridge requires two dental implants. The bridge may replace up to four teeth. In some cases, the dental implant may be able to support even longer bridges.

Dental Implants to Replace Upper or Lower Arch

Dental implants can be strategically placed to restore an entire upper or lower arch of teeth. In this case, as few as four strategically placed dental implants will support either removable “snap-on” dentures or permanent fixed dentures.  

Dental Implants Are the Best Choice to Replace Missing Teeth

Dental implants replace a missing tooth root with a surgically implanted post or screw. The implanted post or screw prevents the jawbone from deteriorating, and can even promote the growth of new bone. This preservation of jaw bone is vital to maintaining your facial structure and therefore, appearance.

Dental implants are also the most long-lasting dental restoration. Dental implants can be expected to last at least 20 years. Those who practice excellent oral hygiene, and see their dentist regularly often find they last even longer.

The natural appearance and function of dental implants are yet another reason they are deemed the gold standard for tooth replacement. Incredibly strong and secure, implants return your bite force to full strength.

Learn More About Your Options for Replacing Missing Teeth in  Merrick, NY

Elite Family Dental provides comprehensive solutions for missing teeth. Dental implants are placed by our dentists using guided placement software to ensure precision in placement. In addition to dental implants, we offer dental bridges and dentures (prosthodontics) to replace missing teeth. To book a consultation, call 516-608-0001 or schedule online

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the recovery period from dental implant surgery?

Everyone recovers at their own pace. Patients are responsible for ensuring they follow all post-surgical instructions and notify their dentist of any problems.  Most people recover from the surgery within two weeks. However, a full fusion of the implant with the bone and tissues may take several months. 

Do you accept CareCredit for dental implants?

Yes. Elite Family Dental Care accepts all major credit cards and CareCredit for dental implants and other restorative treatments. 

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Elite Family Dental Care

1835 Cynthia Ln
Merrick, NY 11566