Types of Dental Implants

Dental implants provide a fixed, stable, long-term solution to the problem of missing teeth. There are several different types of dental implants available. To help patients understand which one is right for them, Dr. Todd Fincher can perform a thorough evaluation at our practice serving Greenwood and Greenville, MS. By offering a wide range of dental implant types and techniques, Dr. Fincher and his team can find the very best solution for every type of implant patient.

Titanium vs. Ceramic Dental Implants

For more than four decades, most dental implants have been created from titanium with effective, dependable results including high success rates. Titanium is a metal that predictably fuses with surrounding bone tissue, making it a safe choice for dental implants. However, some patients may not tolerate titanium. In these instances, patients may be better suited for ceramic dental implants.

Ceramic dental implants are constructed from zirconium; therefore, they are completely metal-free. Zirconium also closely mimics the color of natural teeth, offering truly aesthetic results. In addition, ceramic implants reduce the risk of metal corrosion or heat conductivity.

Although ceramic dental implants have not been tested for as many years as titanium dental implants have, they have held up under normal-condition durability tests. However, patients who suffer from bruxism may not be candidates for ceramic dental implants, which can crack under the pressure of constant grinding or clenching.

Close-up of a traditional dental implant and a mini dental implant.
Traditional and mini are a few of the options patients have when choosing a dental implant. 

Traditional vs. Mini Dental Implants

Another type of dental implant is the mini dental implant. Smaller than their traditional counterparts, mini dental implants are ideal for patients who might otherwise require bone grafting to undergo implant surgery. For instance, a patient with atrophied bone in the upper or lower arch may qualify as a mini dental implant candidate.

A mini dental implant is not just smaller than a traditional dental implant. It also comes in one piece, instead of two pieces. For this reason, many patients who choose mini dental implants may be able to receive a temporary restoration on the day of surgery instead of having to wait for several months.

Patients who visit Dr. Fincher to discuss dental implants can expect an experience individually tailored to their needs and health history.

Mini dental implants are not suitable for all patient cases. Traditional dental implants are preferred whenever possible to ensure optimal support and stability. Still, mini dental implants can be the right solution for some individuals.

Your Dental Implant Consultation: What to Expect

Patients who visit Dr. Fincher in Greenwood or Greenville to discuss dental implants can expect an experience individually tailored to their needs and health history. Dr. Fincher and the rest of our team use advanced equipment to determine the ideal options for every patient. Our ultimate goal is to provide appropriate restorative dentistry treatments to solve patients’ concerns and improve their health and quality of life.

Dental Implants in Mississippi

Dr. Fincher has the experience and training necessary to provide top-tier results. He was selected by Nobel Biocare to attend the company launch of its latest 3D dental placement system. This event featured cone beam guided surgery techniques. Dr. Fincher was one of only three dentists chosen in the deep South region. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Fincher, send us a message or call our Greenville, MS office at (662) 328-1825 or Greenwood, MS office at (662) 595-4300.

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