What is a dental implant?
Implants are a solution for missing teeth. When space is created by a missing tooth, it allows surrounding teeth to move, which may lead to further tooth loss. An implant is affixed to the jaw bone to mimic a tooth and tooth root, keeping the surrounding teeth in line, and restoring function.
Why do you need a dental implant?
It is not uncommon for individuals with a missing tooth to think that there is nothing wrong with leaving the site as it is. The problem with this philosophy is that every tooth plays an important role in your health and wellness. When you remove a tooth, your bone in the area starts to be reabsorbed into the body, causing bone loss. Additionally, the surrounding teeth are at greater risk of decay, gum recession, sensitivity and movement.
Because dental implants replace your missing teeth down to the bone, they perform the duties that natural teeth would. This gives you peace of mind, knowing that your mouth is protected from unnecessary damage and deterioration.
Types of Dental Implants
Implants can be used to replace single missing teeth. After the implant has been placed a tooth can be attached to the top of the implant. If properly maintained implants can last a lifetime and are the best tooth replacement option available.
If you are missing several teeth then multiple implants can be placed. Often times this is your best option when several teeth are missing or the adjacent teeth are healthy.
Implant Supported Dentures
With implants dentures can be tightly secured eliminating the need for denture adhesives. Implants can allow dentures to not only feel great, but to also function very similarly to natural teeth. Various types of implant supported dentures exist.
All-on-4 or 6 Denture
Generally up to 6 implants are placed and used to secure a denture. You will get the look and function of a full arch of teeth without the need to replace every missing tooth with an implant. You can brush the denture just like natural teeth, and it will be removed twice a year by the dentist and professionally cleaned.
Implant Retained Dentures
This type of denture still uses implants to help hold them in, however they can be removed by the patient to be cleaned on a daily basis. We can help you decide what type is best for you.