Types of Dental Implants
Ever wondered which type of dental implant is right for you? The experts at Marylebone Implant Centre reveal all.
Ever wondered which type of dental implant is right for you? The experts at Marylebone Implant Centre reveal all.
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 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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-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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
My initial thoughts on dental implants was with hesitation but, having gone through the experience at the excellent M.I.C. I wish I had had them sooner. My first visit for a consultation with the totally professional Dr Santos was so relaxed and friendly my confidence was established straight away and I decided to go ahead. Every step of my treatment was explained to me and any questions immediately dealt with by Dr Santos and his team who I feel gave me the highest quality service I could have had. I would highly recommend the M.I.C to anyone considering dental implants for this gentleman’s skill and expertise.
After many years living with a chrome cobalt partial denture I thought it was time to seriously investigate dental implants. The whole process from initial assessment/treatment plan to the finished product was amazing. I cannot get over the results MIC achieved. I can eat food that I wouldn’t dream of tackling with my denture a year ago. Dr Santos and his team are so friendly and professional. I have no hesitation in recommending the MIC.
I’ve just finished my treatment with the Marylebone Implant Centre and I’m delighted with the results. My expectations were truly exceeded! Prior to commencing treatment I met with Miriam to discuss my concerns (and wants) and to consider my options. Miriam conducted a full assessment and the output was a clear plan containing recommendations as well as options. Several months later my treatment is finished and I now have a smile I’m very proud of. Miriam and Francisco are clearly excellent dentists however, what kept me coming back, is that they both care about the welfare of their patients and are determined to achieve the results the patient wants. They keep at it until they (and the patient) are happy. The entire team are extremely professional and passionate about achieving the outcome the patient wants. Thanks Miriam, Francisco, Lyn, Sonia and Ellison for a pleasurable experience. You’re lovely people!
I attended the Marylebone Implant Centre with a multitude of problems including advanced perio, bone loss and tooth decay. I was in need of urgent help. Dr Francisco Marques dos Santos took on board my case and recommended a plan of treatment. The plan included extensive bone grafting, several extractions, bridge and implant work. The treatment went through many stages and spanned over two years. Dr Francisco Marques dos Santos carried out all the operations with great professionalism and care. He was there at every stage, unfazed by any complications, always supportive. The final result is brilliant, outstanding. Thank you!!!
A friend and neighbour were looking to have possible implants done. When we spoke about this, I said I would probably need implants done as my current bridge was becoming loose. I came for an assessment and was impressed with everyone at the Practice. All the staff were friendly and informative. As I needed bone grafts with the correct healing time, the process has been long, but I am now 3 weeks away from finishing treatment. I am thoroughly impressed with everything they have done.
I had an ongoing infection in my upper gum and was referred to MIC by my dentist. I was treated by Dr. Molins and Dr. Santos to a totally professional, considerate, warm and caring experience. I was timely, accurately both informally and formally told about what to expect as a patient and the treatment I received was 2nd to none in that nothing was too much for them to do to enable me to receive all that I could want and wish for from both a bone graft and implant.
I had made numerous contacts and researched what I was looking for in the dental procedure I required. From the first meeting with Dr Santos at the Marylebone implant clinic every thing became easily explained and confidence in him was immediate. The high level of expertise and treatment over the following 9 months of treatment was explained in detailed easy to understand appointments. The end result was far above my expectations and now have no feeling of implants with a natural feel. I have visited my previous private dentist with whom I have been for many years and he commented that the work had been the best he had seen. He now is recommending Dr.Santos for referrals. I cannot recommend the practice high enough and would not object to future patients contacting myself.
From my 1st consultation through to the final fitting of my implants my experience with Marylebone Implant Centre has been incredible. Everyone I met was incredibly professional and went out of their way to ensure that I fully understood the options available and all aspects of my treatment. I am incredibly happy with my implants and although finding a specialist that I felt I could trust to get the work done was paramount, the icing on the cake was the fact that the cost was so reasonable I was able to get three implants fitted for less than my local dentist in Clapham was going to charge for two! I would recommend MIC to anyone without reservation.
I am absolutely delighted with the customer service and treatment I received at the MIC. I have lived in a number of locations throuout the UK so have some experience of dentists – non of whom come close to the attention to detail of Dr Santos. Additionally nothing was to much trouble for the staff who were always friendly and professional. The implants look and feel completely natural! A days leave was required to commute to the practice on each occasion, but it was well worth it. I would recommend this practice without hesitation and would not hesitate to return if necessary.
I was very happy with the service from start to end, all treatment was completed whiten the quoted price, all treatment was done by the same specialist which was comforting. A 10 out of 10 service.
The level of efficiency , professionalism and integrity at the MIP are impressive indeed. I am absolutely delighted with my implant and looking forward to having another one. Thank you ever so much.
The treatment was carried out exactly as promised and a few months on is very satisfactory. I would go back for more treatment if I ever needed it.
I am very pleased with the implants and now it feels like they are my own teeth, there is no difference at all.
I had two teeth implants performed in February 2016 and can say the process was painless, efficiently carried out and with excellent results. All the staff were marvellous – the receptionists encouraging, supportive and friendly and the dentist utterly charming and very experienced. Lastly, the price was one of the most competitive on the market. I would highly recommend it without reservation.
I had my implant about 3 weeks ago. It was far less painful than I thought it would be; for me, probably the most uncomfortable bit was the initial injection, although not too bad. The aftercare from the team too was superior to what I expected. So far, I’ve been very impressed with my new implant and also the whole team at the implant centre.
From the reception staff through to my treatment everything was first class service. On each visit I was greeted with a smile and extractions bone growth and implants are all excellent. I must add the cost was considerably less than I had been quoted elsewhere. Would thoroughly recommend the MARYLEBONE implant centre
I’m delighted with my dental implants. Dr Santos and his team were very professional and a pleasure to deal with throughout the whole process. Many thanks.
After very careful research, I chose MIC. I am so pleased that I did as ALL the staff are magnificent. I had 14 teeth removed, 6 implants, 3 bone grafts and now have the most beautiful and incredibly real-looking set of upper teeth. The professionalism is obvious at every visit.I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending them. MIC were also about 30% cheaper than the others I obtained quotes from! Thank you for everything, Francisco and crew.
At 85, I did wonder if this treatment would be to much for me to handle. I’m happy to say it was the best thing I could have done. After many years of a partial denture and problems with the few teeth I had left I took a leap of faith in Dr Santos and his team, and the results are fantastic. Dr Santos took me though the treatment step by step and I had every confidence in him and the final result, I was not let down. Dr Santos even put up with me talking about football every time we met.
I had a complicated case, whereby I had an infection in my gum in the area that I needed my implant, which also meant that I needed to have a bone graft. I had many consultations with various Implantologists. It was only until I met with Dr Santos, that I felt confident that he would be the one I trusted to do the job.He understood my history of bad experiences with dentists and that I was a very nervous patient. Everything was explained every step of the way, there were no hidden costs and the price was extremely reasonable for what I needed done. Dr Santos made sure that I was happy with the end result and I truly am. It was a long process, but worth as I now have my old smile back. Dr Santos and his team are professional, friendly and make you feel at ease. I cannot recommend MIC enough!
I am very happy with my ‘new tooth’ from the Marylebone Implant Centre. From the first time I walked through the door to my last visit and the aftercare plan, I have been completely satisfied. Dr dos Santos explained everything clearly and put me at ease when I had a natural tooth removed for the first time. Ciara and Paula who run the front desk are absolutely delightful and went out of their way to make sure I understood everything properly from finance to aftercare. One year on, my implant feels and looks like a normal natural molar.
Great service for the entire team Very happy with everything and highly recommend them to anyone looking to have treatment or an Implant. Good information and step by step guide to what would happen and the whole thing was smooth and without fault. Thanks!
I have had three implants carried out painlessly and with great skill. Brilliant dental surgeon.
From the 1st call I made and spoke with Paula I was reassured to be in good,professional trusted hands.. After speaking with a few practices I was glad to have left calling here last. Clean,confident,with no fuss from a warm welcome at reception to final fit. 100% happy.
I just had a second set of overdentures made by the Marylebone Implant Centre (Francisco dos Santos). I was amazed at the quality and speed of the work, and the price was also very reasonable. But most importantly, at this practice you always feel that the customer comes first, and that your comfort and satisfaction are paramount. My first set of overdentures are also still going strong after more than 5 years, and the actual implants themselves have given me no trouble in all this time. While I cannot claim the actual implant procedure was pain-free, and I doubt it ever could be, the whole experience was extremely professionally managed, and also reasonably priced at one half to one third of the price quoted by other implant practices. I wholeheartedly recommend this practice for the reasons cited above.
It’s almost impossible for me to write this review without sounding like a relative but I will do my best. I was recommended to Marylebone Implant Centre by a friend at work. I am absolutely amazed at the professionalism, service and the final look of my teeth (I had them all done and they look incredible!!) Everything was so professional from start to finish and the team at the centre were all absolutely incredible. I highly and thoroughly recommend them to anybody.
Very professional approach to the dental surgery giving good confidence in a successful outcome. Absolutely no problems with the two implants which have given me the confidence to smile in public again.
I was always welcomed by staff in reception and dentist and his assistant. It was an uncomfortable experience to undergo but I was given painkillers to combat any discomfort . Great care was taken by the dentist to make me feel comfortable. It was the best decision I made and it was due to my dental Hygienist Catriana Bavington who strongly advised me to undergo this treatment and she introduced me to MIC. I am grateful to her and all the staff who looked after me.
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