Types of Dental Implants:
Choosing the Best Option for Your Needs
Missing teeth can impact your confidence, nutrition, and overall health. For patients suffering with the effects of tooth loss, we offer different types of dental implants. This allows us to precisely customize each restorative treatment plan. During a consultation at Oral Surgery Associates, Dr. Eric Geist, Dr. Richard Willis, and Dr. Matthew Fowlkes can explain the different types of dental implants that we offer at our Monroe, LA, practice. By tailoring every step of treatment based on your unique needs, we can achieve optimal and long-lasting outcomes.
Dental implants are small, titanium posts that are used to replace the roots of missing teeth. Implants serve as the base for different types of restorations, such as dental bridges, dentures, and crowns. Implants are surgically embedded into the jawbone, and over time, the posts fuse to the bone via a process called osseointegration.
Once traditional implants have fused to the bone, generally after several months, a second procedure is typically needed to uncover the implants and place the abutments. The permanent restorations are then attached by the patient’s general dentist.
Although the treatment timeline is longer than other restorative solutions, traditional implants are recognized as the most stable and durable type of implants.
Depending on a patient’s particular situation, it may be possible for replacement teeth, whether permanent or temporary, to be placed within a day or two of implant placement. For other patients, temporary removable teeth or a temporary bridge can be made. Patients who already have dentures can either get a new restoration or have their present dentures modified, if possible, to accommodate the implants during the healing process.
Traditional implants are recognized as the most stable and durable type of implants. Although the treatment timeline is longer than other restorative solutions, traditional implants can last for decades with proper care.
Depending on the patient’s needs and qualifications, Drs. Geist, Willis, or Fowlkes may be able to place single-stage implants. Also known as immediate-loading implants, this option does not require a second procedure to uncover the implants before placing the dental prosthetics. A healing time of about six weeks, however, is required before the restoration is placed.
Drs. Geist, Willis, and Fowlkes offer Teeth-in-an-Day for patients who meet the necessary criteria. The initial step in receiving Teeth-in-an-Day is to undergo a cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) scan which is taken of the jawbone. With this scan, your doctor will generate a 3-D model of your jawbone which is used in conjunction with virtual reality software to plan the placement of the implants.
The final restoration is fabricated in advance, so that once the implants are placed, the restoration can be attached at the same visit. The implant surgery itself is performed arthroscopically and does not require any flap reflection. This method results in less postoperative discomfort, swelling, and bruising for the patient.
Learn More During a Consultation
You can learn more information on the different types of implants that we offer during a visit to our office. Contact our practice today to schedule a consultation with one of our oral surgeons.