Dental Implants for Single or Multiple Teeth
By Stephen Rogers on October 24, 2013
Whether you are looking to replace a single tooth or need a replacement option for multiple teeth, dental implants can provide highly effective results. By fusing with the jawbone, an implant takes on the strength of a natural tooth while counteracting the negative effects of tooth loss. Our Massapequa dentist recommends implants to patients with varying degrees of tooth loss. Implants are a reliable way to restore your bite.
The Benefits of Single Implants
When a single tooth needs to be replaced, the two most common options are a dental bridge or dental implant. Both of these methods can restore your smile with a realistic, functional replacement tooth, but dental implants tend to have additional advantages.
One major drawback to bridges is that they only rest above your gums, leaving your jawbone to potentially deteriorate over time. An implant, however, is installed within the gum and jaw just as a natural tooth root would be, retaining the health of your bone tissue.
Another benefit of implants is that they preserve your adjacent teeth. A bridge is supported by neighboring teeth, and thus requires them to be reduced in size in order to fit the bridge’s crowns. An implant, on the other hand, allows the rest of your teeth to remain untouched.
The Benefits of Multiple Implants
If you are experience tooth loss in multiple areas of your mouth, your cosmetic dentist may recommend bridges, partial dentures, or even full dentures to replace teeth. All of these techniques are tried and true ways of restoring your smile, but they are further aided through the support of dental implants.
- Bridges: As noted above, a bridge traditionally relies on the support of adjacent teeth to hold a replacement tooth in place. But when multiple neighboring teeth need to be replaced, the combination of implants and a bridge can be an efficient solution. Implants are used to anchor the bridge at each end, and then topped with the bridge restoration to fill the gap left by missing teeth.
- Dentures: Full or partial dentures are still a popular method of tooth replacement, but they can also have disadvantages. Dentures that rest above your gums can be uncomfortable or unstable, and leave you unable to eat certain foods. By securing your dentures with dental implants, you can replace as many teeth as needed.
Candidacy for Dental Implants
Patients considering dental implants should first understand the prerequisites for implant surgery. Namely, good candidates have enough bone tissue and gums to support one or more implants. Because the implant must be fused with the patient’s jaw, there must be an adequate amount of healthy bone for this process to occur. Patients for whom a substantial amount of time has passed after tooth loss, especially older patients, may encounter this problem. Likewise, any advanced gum disease must be dealt with in order to ensure proper recovery and healing.
Fortunately, a bone graft operation may be possible prior to the implant procedure. If you are concerned about your ability to have implants, speak with your dentist about options for reinforcing your bone structure.
Schedule an Appointment with Us
Dental implants can keep your smile healthy and appealing. If you are concerned with recent or future tooth loss, speak with one of our highly qualified dentists for a consultation on the benefits of an implant procedure, Contact us to schedule an appointment and learn which dental treatments will best serve you.
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