Types of Dental Implants

If you are missing teeth, dental implants can help bring your confidence back and give you the freedom to live life the way you’d like. Implants are comfortable and look like natural teeth. There are different types of dental implants. Read on to help you decide which type is right for you.

What Is A Dental Implant?

An implant is a screw-like post that replaces damaged or missing teeth. They are more secure, comfortable, and discreet than traditional dentures and are an investment that can last a lifetime.

What Are The Types Of Dental Implants?

There are two main types of dentures: Implant-Supported Overdentures and Fixed Implant-Supported Dentures.

Implant-Supported Overdentures

This is a type of denture that is supported by an implant and is still removable. Implant-supported dentures are usually recommended for patients who have tooth loss but still have enough supportive bone in their jaw to support the implant. This type of denture does not sit on the gums, it sits on the implant and tends to be much more comfortable than a traditional denture because it causes less gum irritation.

There are also two different types of overdentures: a Telescopic Overdenture and a Standard Removable Overdenture.

Telescopic Overdenture

The Telescopic Overdenture is a dental implant hybrid, meaning it is both fixed and removable. This solution is recommended if you are missing all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. A Telescopic Overdenture is high-quality, yet more affordable than a Fixed Implant Denture.

Standard Removable Overdenture

Standard Removable Overdentures are made to either snap onto an implant to replace missing teeth or fit over top of the remaining teeth. This type of implant has to be removed and cleaned each night and is our most affordable option.

Fixed Implant-Supported Dentures

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Fixed Implant-Supported Dentures are the most permanent type of dental implant. They are extremely lifelike and are the option that is closest to natural teeth.

A Fixed Denture stays in your mouth all the time and can only be removed by your denturist. This option typically requires the biggest investment but can be life-changing for those who want freedom from having to care for their dentures every day.

Which Dental Implant Is Best For Me?

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There are several factors that will determine the right type of dental implant for you, including the position and number of teeth that you are missing, the integrity of your bone, your age, and your expectations.

Your denturist will review your options and help you decide which type of implant is best for your needs and lifestyle.

If you are interested in booking a consultation to discuss dental implants or have any questions, contact the team at McCabe Denture Clinic


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