Implant Solutions

There are more reasons to replace your missing tooth than just a gap in your smile. Most adults are extremely self-conscious about their smile, but there also are other reasons that replacing a missing tooth is so important.

Implants replacing a single tooth, implants replacing several teeth, implants replacing all teethWhen you lose a tooth, the surrounding supporting bone will deteriorate, becoming thin and weak. This can affect the support of the adjacent teeth and the success of tooth replacement. Often it is necessary to bone graft the area to replace the bone. A dental implant is the only tooth replacement solution that can protect you from further bone loss by simulating the natural tooth.

When a tooth is missing, the adjacent teeth will often shift, which can cause tilting, over eruption, and gaps in your smile. The shifting of the teeth can cause damage to the gums and bone, as well as stress on the jaw joint due to the change in bite.

Sometimes a fixed bridge or a removable partial is an adequate solution, but a dental implant is the only method that doesn’t require overly stressing the other teeth. Fixed bridges require cutting down the adjacent teeth, and partials require clasps, which put an unnatural force on the teeth.

overdentures, removable denture attached to the lower jaw using four implantsReplacing teeth with implants is a multiple-step process. First, a plan of treatment and options available must be discussed with the dentist who will be attaching teeth to the implants.

The implants are usually placed in one visit, and in some cases a temporary tooth or a denture can be inserted on the same day. In other cases, the implant is uncovered in 3-4 months, after integration to the bone, and then the teeth can be attached.

The options available for implant case design will depend on the amount and density of the jawbone present, the desired strength of the case, and the finances available to complete the case. For example, someone with no teeth might choose 6-8 implants for each arch with teeth attached permanently. This would be the best but the most costly. They may also choose to have 4-6 implants per arch and have removable dentures that snap in.

Sometimes a fixed bridge or a removable partial is an adequate solution, but a dental implant is the only method that doesn’t require overly stressing the other teeth.

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