If you have missing teeth, dental implants are one of the best solutions for restoring your smile. Regardless of how many teeth you need to replace, implants offer an excellent restorative alternative that mimics the function and appearance of natural teeth.
A dental implant is a biocompatible, hypoallergenic restoration that is installed into the bone at the location of a missing tooth. The material integrates with your body, allowing it to function similar to a natural tooth root. Today’s implants are said to set the standard for replacing missing teeth.
Dental implants essentially act like artificial tooth roots, supporting a fixed restoration on top of them. When properly integrated with your smile, your bone fuses with the implant surface, keeping it in place. Implants are permanent and non-removable, offering a viable alternative to partials and dentures.
Depending on your smile, dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or up to a full arch of teeth. Their predictability and strength allow us to tailor your oral reconstruction to fit your specific needs and concerns. Some of the most common types of implant treatments include:
Implant with Crown: For a single missing tooth, an individual dental implant topped off with a crown is the perfect solution. These restorations are ideal because they are non-invasive to adjacent teeth.
Two Implants with a Bridge: When there are a few teeth in a row that need to be replaced, we can anchor a multi-tooth bridge on top of a pair of dental implants (one on either end.) Implant bridges are ideal if you’re hoping to avoid a removable partial denture.
Full-Arch Implants: Treatments like “All-on-4” or “All-on-6” use strategically placed implants to permanently anchor a streamlined, hybrid prosthesis. No removable dentures are needed.
Stabilized Overdentures: Secure your removable denture by using 2-4 implants for added reinforcement. Some people refer to these dentures as “snap-on” or “clip-on” prosthetics. The implants eliminate the need for sticky adhesives or pastes.
Dental implants are statistically the most predictable and long-lasting treatment option for patients with missing teeth. These restorations are modeled after natural tooth anatomy for functionality as well as aesthetics.
When properly integrated, dental implants help strengthen your bite, preserve natural bone structures, and are non-invasive to adjacent teeth. Plus, they’re permanent. A well-maintained implant can last for the rest of your life.
Any adult with missing teeth can benefit from implants. To qualify, we’ll need to ensure your gum and bone tissue is healthy and stable enough to support the restoration. If you are taking any medications, be sure to let us know. A brief exam and medical review, as well as a few X-rays, will be necessary to ensure you’re a good candidate for implant treatment.
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