Various Types of Dental Implants to Meet Your Unique Needs
Dr. Roger Parkes and Dr. R. Clarke Stewart offer several types of dental implants at their Jackson, MS, practice. With both traditional and mini implants, our doctors can place a wide range of implant-supported restorations. Along with single crowns, the team at Periodontal Associates of Jackson can provide larger implant-supported bridges and full dentures. Often, we can even use the All-on-4® or teeth-in-a-day procedures to attach full denture in a single appointment. Before your surgery, Drs. Parkes and Stewart will determine the right type of implants for your needs. They will consider your jawbone health, the size of your restoration, and your budget, among other factors.
Traditional Dental Implants
Traditional dental implants are about 3.5 mm in width. These posts are made of biocompatible titanium, which allows them to fuse with your jaw tissue. Dental implants will become firmly fixed in your jaw to replace lost tooth roots. Traditional implants can be a good choice if you want to replace a single missing tooth.
To qualify for these larger implants, you should have a certain amount of healthy jawbone volume and enough space in your jaw. Unfortunately, bone degeneration typically begins quickly after tooth loss and can disqualify you from treatment. However, if your dentist believes that traditional implants are in your best interests, a bone graft or sinus lift may restore your candidacy for these restorations.
Mini Dental Implants
Mini implants are thinner than traditional posts. Often, they can be as small as 1.8 mm in width. Because of their smaller size, you may be able to receive mini implants, even if you have lost bone volume. These smaller implants may also be more appropriate if you are going to receive a larger restoration, such as a bridge or full denture.
With mini implants, your implant surgery will involve less impact to your jawbone, and you can have a restoration placed the same day as surgery. You will also enjoy a faster, easier recovery. As an added benefit, mini implants often cost less than traditional posts.
However, mini implants are not quite as strong or durable as traditional implants. This option may not be appropriate if you need to replace molars, which bear much of the force of your bite. In addition, you may not be a candidate for mini implants if you suffer from bruxism, because teeth grinding can increase the likelihood of implant failure. Drs. Parke and Stewart can review your oral health needs and help you decide on the best implants for your goals.
All-on-4® Implant Supported-dentures
The All-on-4® and teeth-in-a-day implant procedures are unique treatments that can restore your entire smile in a single day. With All-on-4® Dr. Parkes or Dr. Stewart will place four mini implants, putting two at an angle that will reduce the impact to your jaw. Teeth-in-a-day uses similar methods with specially adapted implants. The same day as your procedure, your dentist can attach a temporary, highly lifelike restoration. You can leave the office with near-complete dental function and a beautifully restored smile.
Find the Right Implants for You
There are a wide variety of dental implants available to meet your unique oral health needs. To learn more about the different types of dental implants and to find out which type might be right for you, contact Periodontal Associates of Jackson today.
“Thank you for everything! You have a very friendly office where people greet you by name. Everyone makes me feel at ease and welcome as if I'm the only patient you have. I am extremely pleased with the outcome of my periodontal treatment. Kudos to Dr. Parkes and his staff.” Alex S.