Various Types of Dental Implants to Meet Your Unique Needs

When you are looking at your tooth replacement options, you can select from several types of dental implants. Your choices include traditional posts, mini implants, and All-on-4®. All types of dental implants can support beautifully crafted restorations that will provide significant benefits such as an improved appearance and oral function. Nonetheless, one type will be more suited to your oral health, the size of your restoration, and your personal preferences. When you visit our practice near Hartford, CT, Dr. Steven M. Balloch or Dr. Joshua Lomke, will conduct diagnostic tests to determine the right technique and materials for your long-term oral health.  After our team of implantologists places the posts, our doctors will provide a custom-crafted restoration. With our experience in dental implants treatment, you can achieve the best results tailored to your unique case. 

All types of dental implants can support beautifully crafted restorations that will improve both your appearance and your oral function.

Traditional Dental Implants

Traditional dental implants can support all types of restorations, including crowns, bridges, and dentures. They are a reliable option and can withstand a tremendous amount of force from biting and chewing. Typically, standard implants are between 3.4 and 5.8 mm wide. Therefore, they do require a certain amount of bone density for support. If you have suffered bone degeneration because of tooth loss, you may not be a good candidate for traditional implants. However, you may be able to undergo a bone graft. Using your own or donor tissue to rebuild your jaw, our team can ensure a strong base for these larger posts.

Photo of different types of dental implantsMini Dental Implants

Mini dental implants have a much smaller diameter than traditional implants. They are typically between 1.8 and 3.3 mm wide. Accordingly, they can be a good solution if you have suffered jawbone degeneration. In many cases, with these posts, you will not require a bone grafting procedure. It is important to note, however, that mini implants have a higher rate of failure for single-tooth restorations. Therefore, your dentist will typically use them only for bridges and dentures.

Photo of an All-on-4 dentureAll-on-4®

The All-on-4 system uses four specialized implants to uphold a denture. Before, patients would often require six or more traditional posts for a full-arch restoration.  Your surgeon will place these implants at strategic angles. This positioning will limit the impact to your jaw and maximize the healthy bone tissue. With this technique, you can often avoid the need for a bone grafting procedure. Another major benefit of All-on-4 implants is that they will often enable you to receive a same-day restoration. Right after your surgery, Dr. Balloch or Dr. Lomke will attach a custom-made denture. You will experience some soreness for a few days. However, once discomfort subsides, this prosthetic will give you near-complete dental function for the remainder of your recovery. After your jaw has completely healed around the posts, your dentist will replace the initial restoration with a permanent denture.

Learn More about Your Implant Options

With so many options available, you are likely a candidate for advanced dental implants. Contact our office online today to schedule your consultation or give us a call at (860) 659-8660.