Types of Dental Implants

Dr. Mark Tall offers three different types of dental implants at his Idaho Falls, ID, office: traditional, mini, and All-on-4®. He will recommend a dental implant type based on factors such as the health of your jaw and the number of teeth you need to replace. Traditional implants are the strongest, and can be used to anchor crowns, bridges, or dentures. Mini implants can help those with compromised bone tissue restore their smile without the need for a bone graft. Similarly, All-on-4® implants can eliminate the need for a bone graft, but are specifically designed to support a full arch denture. All three types can provide outstanding support for your restorations while preventing bone recession in the jaw. During a consultation, Dr. Tall can determine which type of implant is right for you.

Traditional Implants

Traditional dental implants compared to mini dental implants

Traditional dental implants are the most durable type, but require uncompromised jawbone tissue for support. They also require three to six months of healing time and at least two surgeries before they are ready to support restorations. If you have delayed replacing missing teeth, you may have already experienced significant bone loss. In this case, patients must replace lost tissue if they wish to receive a traditional implant. A bone graft is a process of adding donor tissue to the jaw to restore the original shape, and adds about three months to the treatment timeline. Some patients may require a special bone grafting procedure called a sinus lift, in which donor tissue restores recessed areas of the upper jaw, making it possible to accommodate an implant without disturbing the soft tissues of the sinuses.

Once in place, traditional implants can support dental crowns or bridges and partial or full dentures

Mini Implants

Mini implants can help patients who have experienced a mild degree of jawbone recession to restore their bite without first undergoing a bone graft procedure. Dr. Tall can often place and load these implants in a single appointment, so you can experience the benefits of implant-supported restorations immediately. The placement of mini implants is less invasive than traditional implants. If you wear dentures, Dr. Tall can modify them to fit your mini implants.  

During a consultation, Dr. Tall can determine which type of implant is right for you.

All-on-4® Implants

Like mini implants, All-on-4® implants can allow you to rebuild your smile without having to undergo a bone graft, and can usually support a restoration immediately following placement. However, these implants are specifically designed to support a full denture. This option involves placing two vertical implants in the front of the jaw, as well as two implants in the back of the jaw placed at 45-degree angles. This configuration maximizes bone contact, allowing your compromised jaw to provide adequate support. This technique allows a greater number of patients to experience the benefits of implant-supported dentures.

Which Type of Dental Implant is Right for You?

If you want a more stable and long-lasting restorative solution for your missing teeth, contact our dental office to schedule your consultation. Dr. Tall can determine if you are a candidate for dental implants and recommend the best dental implant type to meet your needs.

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