Types of Dental Implants

Dental implants are a prosthetic option for replacing missing teeth. They are popular among patients and dentists alike because they not only look and feel like natural teeth, but also because they offer great stability and strength. Generally speaking, dental implants can be cared for just the same as normal teeth.

An implant is basically a screw that is inserted into the jawbone, and once it has been successfully bonded to the bone (this process is called osseointegration), it is ready to have a crown placed on top of it or, if several implants are placed, they work as abutments so a partial or complete denture can be anchored to it.

Types of Implants

Dental implant solutions come in four varieties: Single Tooth Implant, the All-on-8 dental implant solution, and its derivative solutions: All-on-6, and All-on-4.

Single Tooth Implants

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These implants usually have a dental crown on top. They resemble natural teeth the most because they are single implants that replace individual teeth that have been lost. When more teeth in the upper or lower jaw are missing, dentists may consider creating a denture supported by implants, to ensure stability and confidence for the user.
Dental implant solutions come in three varieties: the All-on-8 dental implant solution, and its derivative solutions: All-on-6, and All-on-4. They look similar, but there are some differences between them. While your dentist will be able to assess your needs better than this article can, here are a few things to consider.


This solution uses eight dental implants and it’s by far the most stable option. Because it involves the greatest number of dental implants, it has the strongest grip on the jaw. This solution requires that the jaw has enough bone to sustain eight implants. Many patients that suffer from trauma may not have enough bone for 8 implants.


This solution uses six dental implants. It is used on patients that don’t have perfect jawbones, but they do have enough bone to support six implants. It also shares a characteristic with the All-on-8 solution: a bridge in the form of an arch that is used to support the artificial teeth.


This solution is used on patients who may have less available jawbone. Don’t worry. Four implants still provide enough stability and strength to support your bridge. You’ll still be able to eat anything you want. The main difference from the other two implant solutions is that the bridge that holds the artificial teeth might not be as long as it would be with the other two, but that depends on factors only your dentist can advise you about.

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