For people with a missing tooth or even several missing teeth, dental implants can seem like a miracle. They are a wonderful tooth replacement option, which avoids the frustration of dealing with bridges and dentures. Once in place they maintain normal jaw function and look very natural.
If you are missing teeth and are tired of having loose dentures, then dental implants may be a great option for you. Our practice can help in determining the best way to move forward to give you the best outcome functionally and cosmetically.
It is critically important to replace missing teeth. Eating and chewing with missing teeth can sabotage your bite and lead to incessant discomfort. Missing teeth can give rise to a mouth rearrangement that often results in facial changes that are not desired. If a tooth is missing or has been extracted for any reason, a single implant can be used to replace the missing tooth. The implant is placed into the bone of the jaw and acts as the new tooth root. After the bone has healed over the implant, an abutment can be placed on the implant and a crown can then be attached. This method of tooth replacement looks and feels like natural teeth.
If you are missing several or even all of your teeth, you can still receive dental implants. Depending on your needs, your dentist can place an implant-supported bridge or full denture. Implant bridges can replace a large number of adjacent missing teeth. They require two or more posts for full support, depending on the exact size of your restoration. If you are missing all of your teeth, you could even receive an implant-supported denture. These full-mouth restorations typically rely on four or more posts for support.
As with single tooth restorations, implant-supported bridges and dentures are much more stable than traditional options. They also look more realistic, since they do not require adhesive or attachment pieces. We can also use implants to support a removable denture. Though not as stable as a fixed restoration, it will still be more secure than a standard denture.