For the convenience of our patients, Atwood Advanced Dentistry offers several different types of dental implants. A dental implant (artificial tooth root) is a tooth replacement option after tooth loss or extraction that Dr. Atwood surgically implants into your jawbone, providing a base to support a dental crown (artificial teeth). Dental implants have been used as successful dental restorations for over 30 years, and more than five million dental implants are placed in the U.S. annually.

What types of dental implants are there?

Because a “one-size-fits-all” approach doesn’t work for everyone, we offer these five types of dental implant restorations:

Single tooth dental implant - A single dental implant is a great option when one tooth is missing and you want to replace it for aesthetics, comfort, and function. Single implants require one dental crown that connects to the implant screw.

Full mouth dental implants - Also known as an “implant-supported bridge,” full mouth dental implants are ideal for patients with several missing teeth. The implant acts as an anchor that supports the entire bridge, rather than a natural tooth. The fixed dental bridge restores function by preventing other teeth from moving, while also improving eating and speaking comfort.

All-on-4 dental implants - As a newer type of full mouth dental implant procedure, All-on-4 implants are recommended when a patient is seeking a secure solution for replacing a lot of missing teeth. As a permanent restoration, an All-on-4 system restores your entire upper or lower arch with only four implants rather than one implant per tooth. The overdenture can conveniently be removed by a dental professional for routine cleanings and dental exams.

All-on-6 dental implants - When the patient has good jawbone density, Dr. Atwood can place six implants into the maxilla instead of four or five. This type of restoration provides even better stability for the overdenture than does an All-on-4 implant procedure.

Mini dental implants - These narrower implants are sometimes used for small teeth and incisors, or for patients who require stabilization of lower jaw dentures, premolar teeth, or a missing tooth that was located in a narrow area. Although they share similarities with conventional implants and cost less, mini dental implants have a lower success rate than conventional implants.

At Atwood Advanced Dentistry, we also offer two types of implant surgeries: one-day and two-stage.

One-day dental implants - During this surgery, the placement of the implant and abutment is all done in a single step during one office visit.

Two-stage dental implants - On the first visit, a cut is made, bone is drilled according to the implant size, and the implant is placed. Once it has had time to heal (5 to 6 weeks), the implant is then re-exposed through an incision and the abutment is placed.

Types of dental implants cost

Along with the different types, the cost of dental implants is influenced by the kind of materials that are used. For example, titanium and its metal alloys are widely used because they are highly compatible with the human body and promote good fusion with bone. However, they are more expensive than other materials. Other factors that affect cost include dental insurance, type of implant positioning (endosteal vs. subperiosteal), and whether another procedure-- like bone shaping or a tooth extraction-- needs to be performed first.

That said, the average cost of a single tooth implant can range from $3,000 to $4,500. A full mouth, implant-supported bridge costs between $5,000 and $16,000, while the average cost for All-on-4 and All-on-6 dental implants ranges anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000 per arch. As the least expensive option, mini dental implants start at $399 per tooth.

At Atwood Advanced Dentistry, we make dental implants affordable for our patients by offering them flexible payment plans.

So what are the best dental implants?

If you are a candidate for dental implants, deciding which implant procedure is best for you isn’t always easy. Before making a decision, we recommend that you speak to a specialist from our office who can share pictures of the different dental implants and explain how they work in more detail.

Call us today and let us help you decide

At Atwood Advanced Dentistry, our restorative dentistry services help make perfection possible, one smile at a time. To learn more about the different types of dental implants that we offer or to schedule a smile consultation appointment with Dr. Atwood, please contact us today at 970-241- 2430.