- January 18, 2017
There are millions of Americans walking around without teeth. Some of those people have single missing teeth, while others have worn dentures for years. Our Collegeville and Williamsport dental offices are dedicated to provide options for missing teeth.
What’s different about our office is that we offer several different type of dental implants. This is NOT the norm. Most general dental offices do not offer dental implants. Or, if they do, they only offer one type of dental implant.
I would say that dental implants are not a new thing. We dentists have been using dental implants for years. With any type of medicine, the science continues to advance each and every year. Now we have multiple different dental implants to select from. The upside is that more people with missing teeth are now candidates for dental implants.
Dental implants nearly match the power of natural teeth and can last a lifetime with proper care. Today I want to review a few of the different types of implants we offer. You’ll quickly see why we have visitors from across the state.
Traditional dental implants — Traditional dental implants are made from titanium and can be restore with single crowns, bridges, or dentures. We use titanium because this metal will merge with bone. The advantage of this is that the implant is secured and stops the jaw bone from receding. Titanium dental implants are the most common type of implant used in dentistry. For patients missing all of their teeth, we can place what is called a full-bar implant. Once the full-bar implant is in place, we fashion dentures to snap into the implants.
Mini dental implants — Mini dental implant act just like conventional dental implants, but they are smaller in diameter. Unfortunately, not all patients with missing teeth are candidates for traditional dental implants. When the teeth are lost, the jaw bone will recede. Most people who have worn removable dentures for years have mild to severe jaw bone recession. They are not candidates for traditional dental implants because they do not have enough jaw bone to support the implant. There are procedures used to build up the bone and gums, but those are highly invasive and costly. If you have a thin jaw bone and do not want to undergo grafting, then mini dental implants are a great option.
Metal-free dental implants — I wrote earlier in this post that dentists have been using dental implants for years. These are made from titanium. At the LANAP & Implant Center, we can provide metal-free dental implants that are made from zirconium. Metal-free implants are intended for patients who have a metal sensitivity or those who want a more holistic option. Zirconia is compatible with our bodies and matches the natural color of the tooth’s root (Some patients worry that titanium dental implants will cause discoloration around the gum line.) Our office has a rigorous vetting process for patients who request metal-free dental implants to improve the overall success of the treatment. We then use the patient’s own stem cells while placing the implant. Once the implant is placed, we use lasers to stimulate the cells and increase the healing process.
There are many factors that go into finding the best dental implant for you. You can visit my office today to learn more about your options. Contact us today.