Different Types of Dental Implants to Meet Your Unique Needs

If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be a candidate for dental implants. After a precise oral surgery to place the small, metal posts, the implants will integrate with your jaw to replace your tooth roots. Following the integration process, the implants can support a stable, custom-made restoration. At Smiles on Broadway Dental Care, our dentists offer different types of dental implants. When you come to our Long Island, NY, practice, we can explain the differences between your options. Based on your health needs and the size of your restoration, we will recommend the most appropriate option for you. 

An Overview of Dental Implants

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At Smiles on Broadway, we perform every stage of dental implants treatment ourselves. We are able to conveniently plan every stage of treatment, selecting the best type of implants based on your exact needs because we are familiar with your smile and oral health history. From preparatory procedures to final restorations, you can trust in us to provide the most advanced, exceptional care you will need.

Traditional Dental Implants Are a Trusted Choice

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Traditional dental implants can be up to 3.5 mm wide and typically cost more than other implants. Because of their larger size, they are very stable, and they have a high success rate. This type of implant can be a good choice if you are missing only one tooth, and you require a single implant-supported crown. Traditional implants can also support bridges and dentures with long-lasting results.

Traditional implants do require a significant amount of bone volume to properly integrate with your jaw. If you have lost a large amount of bone tissue because of tooth loss, a traditional implant may be too invasive to place. However, many patients are able to undergo preparatory procedures to restore volume to their jawbone, enabling them to receive traditional implants. We offer state-of-the-art bone grafting procedures to restore this lost volume. During this surgery, your dentist can rebuild your jaw to provide a strong base for implants. 

Traditional implants will also require a separate procedure to attach abutment pieces, which will connect your restoration to your implant posts.

We are dedicated to helping each of our patients find the unique restorative options they need to repair their smile.

Mini Dental Implants Are Appropriate for a Wide Range of Patients

Mini implants have a much smaller diameter than traditional implants, and are typically more affordable. Often these implants can be as narrow as 1.8 mm wide. As a result, mini implants will affect less of your jawbone. These implants can be especially beneficial if you are receiving implant-supported dentures with specialized surgical techniques, or are receiving same-day prosthetics. The implant posts do not require a separate attachment piece and can immediately support restorations. In addition, with mini implants, you may not require bone grafting because the smaller posts do not need as much surrounding tissue for support.

However, mini implants are not as stable or strong as traditional implants. Your dentist will carefully consider the location of your restoration before recommending this type. Mini implants may not be suitable in the back of your jaw, which bears much of the force of your bite. In addition, smaller implants may not be appropriate if you chronically grind your teeth or clench your jaw.

Find Out Which Type of Implants Are Suitable for You

We are dedicated to helping each of our patients find the unique restorative options they need to repair their smile. To learn more about the different types of implants and to schedule your restorative consultation, contact Smiles on Broadway today