Types of Dental Implants
Tooth loss is a serious issue that often results in dramatic decline in quality of life. Not being able to rely on your teeth to chew your food, look good in your smile, and even help you correctly pronounce words, can result in a significant dip in self-esteem. Fortunately, we at Edge Dental offer the most advanced tooth replacement option on the market – dental implants. With dental implants, we can restore your whole tooth, from root to crown, in a way that allows you to eat and speak as you did with your natural teeth.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option that can be used to replace a single tooth crown, a multi-tooth bridge, or even a full arch solution like theAll-On-4® Treatment Concept. Because dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone, they provide tactile feedback that the bones need to stay healthy and strong, effectively fighting bone loss in the jaw, which is a problem for those who have lost teeth. They fully restore your ability to eat and speak and come with none of the limitations that dentures do.
Single Tooth Replacement with Dental Implants
When you lose a tooth because of trauma or decay, you may have a few replacement options. The most common replacement options for a single tooth is a partial denture, a dental bridge, and a dental implant. Partial dentures usually cannot help you to chew your food, and dental bridges require us to modify your natural teeth seriously, leaving them unable to continue acting as teeth without a prosthesis. Dental implants can restore a single tooth without having to worry about removal, or ruining perfectly good teeth.
The way we replace a single tooth with a dental implant is simple. We place the implant into the jawbone and allow some time for it to heal. We will take an impression of the site and send it to our dental lab, where they will start fabrication a single dental crown that will sit on top of the implant. Once the implant has healed and we receive the crown from the dental lab, it will be time to return to our office so that we can place the implant abutment and the crown onto your new dental implant. Sometimes, we are even able to place a crown the same day that we place the implant. Every procedure is different and requires special consideration and planning.
Multi-Tooth Replacement with Implant-Supported Bridges
If you are missing multiple consecutive teeth you have a few different tooth replacement options to choose from – partial dentures, standard dental bridges, and implant supported dental bridges. As mentioned above, partial dentures do a decent job of replacing teeth aesthetically, but they can be uncomfortable and often cannot help you to chew your food. Partial dentures also have some extra care options that make them less desirable. Traditional dental bridges require that you sacrifice two of your natural teeth to act as abutment teeth. When these teeth are modified, they will forever require a prosthesis to be useful. A dental implant supported bridge is the best option for multi-tooth replacement available today.
The process to have a dental implant supported bridge is a little bit more in-depth than having a single tooth restoration placed because we have to plan for (usually) two dental implant placements. We will take a panoramic X-ray of your mouth to determine whether or not you have enough healthy bone mass to support dental implants. If you do have enough healthy bone we can continue with the procedure, if not we may need to set up an additional procedure of a bone graft. Once we have a plan in place we can begin the process of implant placement, which is similar to the process described above, but with two implants instead of one.
Dental implant supported bridges are a great way to replace multiple teeth at once while simultaneously ensuring that your natural teeth are not harmed, and your jawbone is kept healthy. The added benefit of bone health can’t be overstated, as it can prevent future tooth loss.
The All-On-4® Treatment Concept
Full tooth loss used to mean a life of dealing with ill-fitting dentures that had to be removed to be cleaned and for the night. Now we can permanently replace all of the teeth in your mouth for life with the All-On-4® Treatment Concept. This method uses four dental implants on the top arch and four on the bottom arch to support a permanent set of prosthetic teeth. These teeth are made to look just like your real teeth, and can even be used just like real teeth. You don’t need to remove them at night, and you can clean them like you would your natural teeth! Sound too good to be true? It is not!
The process to receive All-On-4 is a more in-depth one that is replacing a single tooth or having a dental implant supported bridge placed. We will take multiple scans of your mouth to make sure you have enough healthy bone to support natural teeth. In the past, full arch replacement solutions have had to use between six and eight implants per arch because of issues with the patient bone loss. This is what makes the All-On-4 concept so great – the posterior implants are placed at an angle to take advantage of the existing bone in your jaw, reducing the need for bone grafts and cutting some dental implants needed dramatically. The result is a low-cost solution that gives you stellar results.
It can take a decent amount of time to heal from the placement of the dental implants in this procedure.
Call us today at (281) 940-6960 to schedule an appointment. Remember, tooth loss is not something you have to live with. Dental implants can make a big difference in your life, allow us to help you!
General and Cosmetic Dentistry
From crowns and bridges to periodontal care and extractions, Justin Lai, DDS offers a wide range of general and cosmetic dental treatments. If you have a dental concern, Dr. Lai will have a solution.
Edge Dental is equipped with digital x-rays, intra-oral cameras and 3-dimensional cone beam imaging to gain the best possible information about patient dental health. This enables Dr. Lai to view teeth, gum tissue and surrounding bone structures in high resolution from all angles. Based on findings, treatment plans are designed to optimize oral health with minimally invasive procedures.
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