Different Types of Dental Implants
There are two kinds of dental implants that can be placed at Dr. Kevin Rykard’s practice: mini dental implants and traditional dental implants.
Mini Dental Implants
Mini implants are designed for patients who have little or no bone or jaw left to help hold a denture in place. Some denture patients are extremely uncomfortable due to ill-fitting dentures. Many times, the lower denture can be troublesome, as it may not settle correctly and can cause sores on the gums. This is problematic for these patients, and it can greatly affect their quality of life.
Benefits of Mini Implants
Mini dental implants are placed in order to allow a patient to provide stability to their dentures. The implants are placed, and Dr. Rykard will augment the patient’s existing denture in order to allow it to “snap” into place over the mini implants. This gives strength and stability to the dentures and keeps them from floating around, readjusting, and causing irritation and sores for the patient. Typically, four mini dental implants are used to help with implant-supported dentures.
Traditional Dental Implants
Regular dental implants are used to replace missing teeth, either individual teeth or segments of teeth. They are great for patients with a lot of bone volume and are often capped with crowns to replace the appearance of a missing natural tooth. Traditional dental implants are typically used as a root replacement, and as something for Dr. Rykard to connect a crown, bridge, or other restoration to.
Because traditional implants use the process of osseointegration in order to help “cement” them in place, they are considered a permanent restoration. They have a 95% success rate and are extremely predictable for patients. The process of placing them is a little longer than mini-implants, which can be done within a single appointment. The longer time required is due to the process of osseointegration, which requires approximately two to three months for healing.
Implants are often considered over the installation of restorations such as dental bridges, because bridges will require the adjacent teeth to be drilled down. Bridges also increase the likelihood of decay underneath. Additionally, bridges may need to be replaced numerous times over the life of the patient.