Types of Dental Implants

Ever wondered which type of dental implant is right for you? The experts at Marylebone Implant Centre reveal all. 

If you have missing, failing, or damaged teeth and want a permanent solution, dental implants in London could be the solution you need to restore your bite and revolutionise your smile. 

Read on to find out more or book a consultation with our specialist implantologists today – all our appointments are no-obligation and we offer a range of finance options to spread the cost.

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What Exactly is a Dental Implant?

The term dental implant has become a bit of a misnomer and is widely used across implant dentistry to refer to two different things. 

So, if you are new to the subject, it can be a little confusing. 

Dental implants refer to both the dental implant screw itself, and the implant and crown or bridge as a whole. 

The dental implant plug

The dental implant screw mirrors the function of the natural tooth root and, once implanted, fuses with the jawbone in a process called osseointegration. 

This creates an extremely tough, durable bond between the titanium screw and the jawbone – creating a permanent solution that, if cared for correctly, can last for years to come. 

The dental implant treatment

As well as referring to the dental implant screw, the phrase ‘dental implant’ also refers to the entire implant treatment, of which there are many types now on the market. 

This range of dental implant treatments can help with individual tooth loss from trauma or even replace the whole upper or lower dental arch if needs be.

Types of Dental Implants

Here at Marylebone Implant Centre, we offer multiple types of dental implants, all of which are crafted to offer permanent, fixed solutions for tooth loss, no matter your personal circumstances.

Single-Tooth Dental Implants

If you lose an individual tooth as a result of trauma or failed dental work, you can consider a single-tooth dental implant.

They are made up of a two or three-part structure, of either the dental implant screw, an abutment, and a crown or bridge, or a dental implant screw-abutment combination and the topping crown – and replace only the single missing tooth.

This procedure has more successful cases than a supported bridge, which some clinics offer as a less invasive option, because of the:

  • Increased success rate
  • Higher dental hygiene levels thanks to easier brushing
  • Lack of damage to the surrounding teeth that support the bridge

Single-tooth implants are also popular because the crown can be colour-matched to your existing teeth, helping them to blend in – making them very difficult to tell apart from your natural teeth.

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Multiple Teeth Missing

If you have multiple teeth missing, you can consider multiple tooth implants. 

Far from being a one-size-fits-all approach, each consultation for multiple missing teeth will involve your implantologist deciding if you need multiple single-tooth implants or an implant-retained bridge structure that shares around 2 or 3 dental implants. 

This will depend on the location of your missing teeth and your individual needs – both of which are considered after a chat with you and an examination of your mouth.

Dental implant bridges

If you have multiple, adjacent missing teeth, it can be better to use dental implant bridges rather than placing many individual implants. 

This might be because there is no space for multiple dental implant screws or because the missing teeth are located at the back of the mouth, which will require an over-engineered, stronger bridge to allow for heavier bites and the motion of chewing. 

The bridge will likely be secured with dental implants, as opposed to a bridge that uses contact with adjacent teeth to fill the gap – as it has a higher success rate, ensures the patient’s dental hygiene, and will last much longer. 

When you come in for a consultation, our experienced and dedicated implantologists will ensure you understand the recommended treatment, plus any benefits and drawbacks you need to consider before moving ahead with treatment – helping you to make an informed decision about your care.

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Full Mouth Restoration

If you are living with mass tooth loss and need to replace a whole arch’s worth of missing teeth, full-mouth restoration treatment can help you. 

In this instance, a full-arch bridge is used and supported by dental implants, if the patient has sufficient bone and gum quantity to support the bridge itself. 

Although this may differ from patient to patient, most full-mouth fixed bridges are supported by 4 or 6 implants, hence why it is sometimes referred to as all-on-four or all-on-six dental implant treatment. 

If the patient does not have sufficient bone and tissue to support the full-arch fixed bridge, an implant-retained overdenture can also be suggested – which also allows for the restoration of a complete bite and natural-looking smile.

All-on-six implants 

All-on-four or all-on-six dental implants are so named because of the number of dental implants used per arch in this particular treatment. 

All-on-4 dental implants, or all-on-6, treatment follows the same process, which includes fitting the corresponding number of implants into the jaw. 

The 4 or 6 dental implant screws are added first, with a following abutment and the prosthesis – which restores the bite, allows patients to enjoy a full and varied diet, and smile with confidence once more. 

This treatment is designed for patients who need to replace an entire arch of missing teeth – be that the upper or lower jaw or both – and can also be used as the basis for smile or teeth in a day procedure.  Other times, all-on-four treatment will require a period of healing between placing the dental implant and adding the abutment and prosthetic teeth.

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Implant-retained dentures 

For patients who are living with removable dentures as a way to replace missing teeth, there is a more permanent solution. 

Designed to stop issues with slippage and to remove the need for messy adhesives, implant-retained dentures restore the bite, replace missing teeth, and revolutionise the smile – with the minimum of dental implants. 

Instead of securing the top or bottom arch with temporary adhesives, a small number of dental implants can secure your denture in place, keeping it stable for improved function and also allowing for easy removal for cleaning. 

If you opt for this treatment, a bespoke denture will be created for you before it is secured with around 6 implants for the upper jaw, and 2-4 in the lower jaw, though this will depend on the individual patient’s anatomy. 

As with other dental implant solutions, once in place, the dental implants are not visible.

Teeth in a day implants

If you are looking for a type of dental implant that gives full coverage, like a full-arch bridge in a shorter time frame, teeth-in-a-day dental implants have been designed for you. 

In this treatment, patients are fitted with temporary crowns on the same day as their dental implants are fitted, instead of waiting the usual 3-6 month period of healing. 

These temporary crowns allow the patient to eat and smile broadly from day one but are not suitable for everyone, as they require good bone volume and high stability from the moment of placement. 

This process can also be used for patients who have lost their front tooth, because of trauma or necessary extraction, to save them from having to deal with gapping in the short term – by providing an immediate fix.

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Zygomatic implants 

If patients don’t have sufficient bone density for all-on-four treatment and need to replace their upper jaw with dental implants and a prosthesis, zygomatic implants can be used to make this possible. 

Not available from every dental implant provider thanks to their increased complexity, zygomatic dental implants are longer than their counterparts, allowing them to reach diagonally and anchor into the cheekbone – the zygomatic arch. 

This allows them to create a strong bond with the stronger, more plentiful bone, providing your dental implants with a strong and stable foundation. 

As well as making dental implants possible, choosing zygomatic implants can also negate the need for sinus lifts and bone grafts – common preparatory treatments that enable some patients to achieve the dental implants they require. 

Similarly, depending on patient anatomy and the treatment chosen, it can be possible to fit the prosthesis on the same day – allowing you to gain a brand new smile on the same day.

Why Choose Dental Implants Instead of Other Procedures?

Replacing missing teeth with one of the types of dental implants available at MIC before they have a wider impact on your overall dental health is very important because it can affect many more areas of your life than you expect, including:

  • Affecting self-esteem – especially if your missing tooth/ teeth are near the front of the mouth.
  • Rendering your bite incomplete – which can make biting and chewing more difficult.
  • Increase the chances of plaque build-up and gum disease – especially if you are using non-implant alternatives like overdentures or supported bridges.

Choose MIC for Dental Implants

With many decades of experience in all types of dental implants and specialist implantologists who are GDC-registered and complete individualised treatment plans as standard – you couldn’t find better Harley Street providers for dental implants in London

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