The different types of dental implants

You may have heard the term ‘dental implants’ before, but did you know that there are different types? Here’s an overview of the four types of dental implants: single implants, implant-supported bridges, implant-retained dentures, and full mouth dental implants.

Single implants

A single implant is as simple as it sounds, and is used to replace just one missing tooth.

Implant-supported bridges

Implant-supported bridges are used where there is a need to replace multiple teeth in a row. Rather than just one replacement tooth, a row of connected replacement teeth is used, and is secured in place with a dental implant at either end.

Implant-retained dentures

Implant-retained dentures are fitted with a bar that can clip onto your dental implants. While it is still possible to remove the denture, it is more secure than a standard denture due to the way it is attached to the implants. This type of denture is often used where few teeth remain, but the jaw bone is still able to support dental implants.

Full mouth dental implants

Often used for patients with no teeth, this process involves using a set of four to six dental implants to replace a whole arch of missing teeth. The implantation process is usually carried out in a day.

SOURCE

Bupa (https://www.bupa.co.uk/dental/dental-care/treatments/dental-implants/types-of-implant)

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