Despite the latest innovations in dentistry, tooth loss is still a common problem. Thankfully, you can enjoy a nearly perfect replica of your natural smile with a dental implant. If you’re missing several or all your teeth, you might be concerned you have to replace each tooth individually, but this isn’t the case. 3 types of dental implants can be used depending on your severity of tooth loss. Here’s what you need to know to choose the best option to rebuild a beautiful smile.
A lost tooth can be recreated from the root up using a dental implant which consists of 3 parts, an implant post, an abutment, and a restoration. A titanium post is strategically placed into the jaw to serve as a new root. It stimulates new bone growth, allowing the jaw to fuse to it through a process called osseointegration. After the bone has healed, an abutment is connected to the post. The special fixture is necessary to attach the restoration, which is crafted from all-ceramic material to match the appearance of your natural teeth.
Two or more missing teeth in a row can be treated with an implant-supported bridge. A traditional fixed bridge relies on reshaping healthy teeth to bond dental crowns over them. An implant bridge isn’t supported by other teeth. Instead, 1-2 dental implants anchor the bridge to your jawbone. The posts preserve your jaw’s density to stop dental drift. Overall, it improves your oral health to lessen the risk of cavities, gum disease, and additional tooth loss.
If you’ve lost all your teeth in one or both arches, an implant denture is an ideal alternative to a conventional prosthesis. 4-10 dental implants stabilize your denture, so you’ll never need to worry about any slipping or irritation. You’ll regain as much as 70% of your natural biting force to enjoy your favorite foods again. With over a 95% success rate, you’ll benefit from a long-term investment that can last for decades. You’ll never need to worry about having your dental implants replaced, unlike a traditional denture which only lasts for 5-7 years.
Traditional tooth replacement treatments only recreate the portion of a tooth visible above the gum line. A dental implant goes a step further to mimic the entire tooth which provides exceptional advantages, including:
Take your first step toward a complete smile by scheduling a consultation with your implant dentist. They’ll create the personalized plan you need to permanently replace your missing teeth.
Dr. Duka earned his dental degree from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila” Bucharest. He currently holds the position of Clinical Assistant Professor at the Emergency and Oral Diagnosis Department at BUGSDM. He has the experience and qualifications to treat complex issues, like tooth loss. Contact our office today to see if you’re a candidate for dental implants.