Different Types of Dental Implants Allow for Customized Treatment


An illustrated example of a dental implant Neil L. Starr, D.D.S., is an exceptionally qualified dentist, offering his patients a wide variety of dental implants using state-of-the-art technology. In addition to implant treatment with crowns, bridges, and dentures, he also offers advanced treatment methods including All-on-4, 5, or 6, Prettau® Style Bridge, and mini dental implants. Patients interested in permanent, stable, and natural-looking tooth replacement can review the types of dental implants Dr. Starr offers at our practice in Washington, D.C.

Different types of dental implants offer various benefits and are appropriate for treating a wide range of patient needs. An experienced prosthodontist such as Dr. Starr builds detailed and comprehensive treatment plans for state-of-the-art tooth replacement, and works with oral surgeons and other specialists to provide highly successful restorative care.

Regardless of the type of dental implant or restoration used, dental implant treatment is the most effective way to restore dental form and function to patients with missing teeth, and provide the unique benefit of jawbone stimulation. 

Single Tooth Dental Implants

Dental implants can be used to support just one dental crown, providing a replacement for a missing or badly damaged tooth. This provides additional benefits over simply replacing the tooth with a dental crown, as dental implants provide essential stimulation to the jawbone and are built to last a lifetime. Single crowns are always custom designed to imitate natural teeth, providing a comfortable and beautiful result.

Implant-supported Bridges

For patients with multiple missing teeth in a row, the most appropriate treatment may be an implant-supported bridge. Unlike traditional dental bridges, implant-supported bridges do not require that any part of the teeth at either end of the bridge be reduced and crowned. In addition to tooth conservation, an implant-supported bridge helps preserve jawbone health and is intended to be a permanent solution.

All-on-4, 5, or 6 Dental Implants

Whereas dental implant posts are typically placed vertically to provide stability under the tooth they are placed, All-on-4, 5, or 6 treatment places posts at an angle. The angled posts are secured in a higher volume of bone using this method, allowing equal or superior security with fewer total dental implants. For patients seeking treatment with full dentures, this is the most common method we recommend.

Prettau® Style Bridges

These exceptionally strong and long-lasting restorations are made of zirconia matched to a variety of tooth shades, and are always supported with dental implants. These high-quality restorations are among the best available in the field of dentistry, and are practically indistinguishable from natural teeth. While planning treatment, Dr. Starr takes great care to produce accurate mock-ups with these restorations, giving patients a crystal clear picture of the results they can expect.

Mini Dental Implants

Patients may be recommended for mini dental implants if they have low jawbone density, or if the area of the missing or damaged tooth has shrunk. Mini dental implants are less invasive than traditional posts, and require a much shorter recovery time. Most of the time, this implant option is appropriate for supporting dental crowns and bridges, but can occasionally be used to support partial or full dentures.

Discuss These Types of Dental Implants With an Experienced Dentist

Regardless of the type of dental implant or restoration used, dental implant treatment is the most effective way to restore dental form and function to patients with missing teeth, and provide the unique benefit of jawbone stimulation. Patients interested in discussing their dental implant options should contact our practice today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Starr.