DENTAL IMPLANTS OFFER VARIETY OF TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR SINGLE OR MULTIPLE MISSING TEETH
Some of the key cosmetic benefits of dental implants include:
- Improves the quality of your smile
- Fills any gaps in your smile
- Boost self-confidence and increases self-esteem
- Creates an even and uniform smile
- Preserves facial structure
- Stimulates the jaw bone to prevent deterioration that could impact the facial structure
DO I HAVE ENOUGH BONE FOR AN IMPLANT?
Nearly everyone has enough bone for an implant or enough bone can be created. It’s necessary to take a 3-D x-ray to visualize the bone in 3 dimensions to determine how much bone is present. In some cases additional bone grafting is necessary. Most implants that we place require no separate bone replacement procedure. In most cases it is a simple procedure to place the implant and 3-4 months later your dentist will place a crown on it and you regain complete function and chewing.
REPLACING A SINGLE TOOTH WITH IMPLANTS OR A DENTAL BRIDGE
Replacing a single missing tooth can be most authentically accomplished with a single dental implant. The post of the implant mimics the root of your tooth while the dental crown looks and functions just like your natural tooth, requiring no additional maintenance.
A partial denture may also be used to replace one tooth. A removable denture has an artificial tooth attached to a plastic base. It is held in place with metal clasps. Patients are rarely satisfied with this method due to the fact that it is removable and does not look as natural as the other methods.
REPLACING MULTIPLE MISSING TEETH
Individual dental implants may be used as the ideal method for replacing multiple teeth, with a single dental implant placed at the site of each of your missing teeth. A dental bridge may also be utilized to replace multiple missing teeth. Just as a three unit bridge can replace a single tooth when anchored by crowns, a three unit bridge could also be used to replace multiple missing teeth. Instead of fitting your natural teeth with crowns, dental implants could be strategically placed to anchor the dental bridge.