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Types of Dental Implants to Replace Missing Teeth

Types of Dental Implants to Replace Missing Teeth Dentist Grand Rapids, MI

If you recently lost a tooth, your dentist may recommend dental implants to fill the gap in your smile. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants provide more stability so you can smile, eat, and talk with confidence.

Continue reading to learn about the different types of dental implants we offer patients. To learn if you’re a candidate for the dental implant procedure, call our office to schedule your consultation.

Dental Implant Information

Types of dental implants include:

  • Full-sized dental implants
  • Mini dental implants
  • All on 4 implants
  • All on 6 implants
  • Implant supported dentures

Full-Sized Dental Implants

A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root (typically made of titanium) used to support a crown. To be a candidate for a full-sized tooth implant, you’ll need healthy jawbone tissue. However, Dr. Yun may recommend a bone graft if your jawbone isn’t able to support full-sized implants. Mini implants can also be used if you would rather not wait months for your new smile.

Mini Dental Implants

Mini dental implants can be placed in one appointment, which means you won’t have to spend months recovering like you would with traditional dental implant surgery. Instead, you’ll be able to enjoy your new smile as soon as possible.

Mini implants are strong enough to support a denture right away and are able to withstand years of chewing, smiling, and talking. Like the name suggests, mini dental implants are smaller than their traditional counterparts. A mini implant has a ball at the end so your tooth replacement can snap into place. Your dental crown has a socket underneath allowing the implant to form a secure attachment.

All on 4 (or 6) Implants

If most or all of your teeth are gone, our dentist may recommend all on 4 (or 6) implants. These dental implants replace an entire arch of teeth so you can smile with confidence. The body is able to detect missing teeth. As a result, the body will absorb minerals from your jawbone to use elsewhere. Full dental implants provide the stimulation your jawbone needs to stay healthy so you can avoid jawbone deterioration and even facial collapse.

Implant Supported Dentures

Unlike conventional dentures, you won’t have to worry about your denture implants slipping. Instead, implant supported denturesare anchored by titanium posts embedded deep in your jawbone. As an alternative, we can also support dentures with mini implants. One of the benefits of using mini dental implants is that you can start wearing your implant supported dentures after just one appointment.

We understand that patients have difficultly eating, talking, or even smiling after tooth loss. For this reason, we always let patients know what their options are to replace missing teeth. If you’re interested in exploring your tooth replacement options, call our office today to set up a consultation with Dr. Yun. We can help you choose from different types of dental implants so you can start smiling with confidence again.

Dr. Yun DDS and his team will be more than happy to help you evaluate your options for dental implant surgery. To schedule your appointment with our Grand Rapids dentist, call NorthPointe Family Dental at (616) 288-6134.