Dental Implants single unit and multi units
Your smile is worth investing on every single day. That’s why daily routine dental care is so important. Sometimes though, brushing and flossing just isn’t enough to correct or stop tooth loss. Genetics, trauma, and unforeseen circumstances can take their toll on your smile. While a little plaque isn’t a big deal in the grand scheme of things, missing teeth can be a big problem. Not only can edentulism, or tooth loss, be embarrassing in a social situation, it can actually have long-lasting health implications that will affect you for the rest of your life.
Single Vs. Multi-unit Dental Implants
A single unit dental implant, also known as an individual conventional dental implant, is exactly what it sounds like. It is a single tooth assembly intended to replace a single lost tooth. Mechanically, a single unit implant consists of a metal implant (the roots), and an artificial tooth or crown that is visible.
An implant-supported bridge is similar to a regular dental bridge, but it is supported by implants and not by natural teeth. Multi-unit implant therapy relies on a limited number of implants to support multiple artificial teeth. Mechanically, a multiple unit assembly consists of a select number of implants and a bridge prosthetic upon which artificial teeth can be attached. The number of teeth can vary based on the patient’s need, from two or more up to as many as a complete arch of 14 teeth for an upper or lower set. For a complete arch of teeth, 2-6 implants are necessary for adequate support. That means a patient who wants a complete, total smile makeover may only need a total of 8 implants for both arches, for 28 new teeth.
Single Unit Advantages:
Single unit dental implants should be used when a single tooth is missing. This would also be the best solution if you are missing multiple teeth, but they are not adjacent to each other, each requiring an implant and implant crown to replace the missing tooth or teeth. Implant option for treating missing teeth is structurally superior to non-implant alternatives as it prevents bone resorption, provides natural feel and functionality, has long-term-lifetime resilience and longevity with excellent aesthetics and no extra maintenance required beyond routine dental hygiene.
It is worth mentioning that single unit implants when compared to the alternative option of bridge would not entail preparation (remove some of the tooth structure across the entire tooth to accommodate the dental bridge) of the healthy teeth behind and front of the missing site that is mandatory for placement of bridge.
Multiple Unit Advantages:
- Structurally superior to non-implant alternatives
- Cost-effective solution for full-mouth reconstruction and complete arch replacement therapies
- Prevents most bone resorption
- Better feel and functionality than dentures
- More resilient than dentures
- Minimal extra maintenance required beyond routine dental hygiene
- Excellent esthetics