Do you have one or more missing teeth?
Do you want to find a long-lasting way to replace your teeth? In that case, you’ve found the right blog!
Check out what our restorative dentists describe as three distinct types of dental implants you can get to restore your smile.
Dental Implant: What is it?
A dental implant is a tiny titanium post (screw) that is inserted into the jawbone below the gum line during surgery. As it fuses with your jawbone, a solid base for your tooth replacement will be created.
A dental implant serves as a root substitute for your missing tooth. It not only fuses with your bone like a root but also promotes and protects the structure of your bone.
A restoration is placed on top of a dental implant. Usually, one tooth is replaced with a single crown. But in addition to supporting a bridge to replace several lost teeth, dental implants can also hold dentures in place. Dental implants can last a lifetime with proper maintenance. 98% of dental implants are successful.
Dental implants are typically regarded as the best option for permanently replacing missing teeth because of this and other advantages.
Which kind of dental implant would be best for you, then? Find out the advantages and disadvantages of the three main dental implant kinds listed below.
3 distinct kinds of dental implants:
1) Using a single dental implant: to replace a single tooth
A dental implant is most frequently used to replace a single lost tooth. A single tooth dental implant, in contrast to conventional restorations, completely replaces a missing tooth from root to crown.
A single tooth dental implant can be your best option if you have one missing tooth or several that are not next to each other.
However, this might not be your best choice if you have several lost teeth close together. Additionally, if you have several missing teeth, the following form of dental implant might help you save money.
2) If numerous teeth need to be replaced, use an implant-supported bridge.
An implant-supported bridge can be your best choice if you have several missing teeth close to one another.
A bridge typically consists of two crowns on either side of the gap left by a missing tooth, with a prosthetic tooth held in place by those crowns in the middle. An implant-supported bridge now has crowns that connect to dental implants rather than teeth as in the past.
The procedure is comparable to a dental implant for a single tooth. However, dental implants will not be placed to replace the lost teeth in the centre of the gap. An implant-supported bridge has the advantage of allowing you to replace several missing teeth in a row firmly without having to pay for individual tooth replacements.
The drawback is that not every tooth will get an implant, so you’ll lose some bone density as a result.
3) Having every tooth replaced: Make use of a denture with implants.
An implant-retained denture may be your best option if you are missing most or all of the teeth in an arch (upper or lower).
What exactly is a denture with an implant?
An artificial dental arch is a denture. It lies on your gum line and gives the impression that you have all your teeth. Traditional dentures have the drawback of being removable, which means that they can fall out and cause discomfort when speaking and eating.
You can use dental implants to firmly anchor your denture in order to solve this issue.
Dental implants can help you regain your smile whether you are missing one tooth or many.
Contact our office if you have any inquiries about the various dental implant varieties. Or even better, arrange a meeting with us so we can address your specific needs. We are situated in Lawrence, Indianapolis, Indiana, off of Pendleton Pike.