Dental implants are titanium posts that fuse with the jawbone to anchor custom crowns, bridges, or full-arch dentures. When teeth are badly damaged or missing, dental implants are considered to be the most natural-looking and longest-lasting option for missing teeth replacement. The stability, security, function, and aesthetics that dental implants can deliver is unsurpassed, and they can provide a host of oral health benefits as well.
Whether tooth loss was caused by decay, injury, gum disease, oral defects, or other issues, dental implants can provide durable replacement teeth. Depending upon how many teeth need to be replaced, the location of the missing teeth, and the jawbone density one of several dental implant options might be recommended.
A single tooth implant is comprised of one titanium post and a custom-made porcelain crown implant restoration. Each single tooth implant is designed to replace one tooth and closely mimics the structure and function of a natural tooth.
Multiple teeth dental implants can replace several adjacent missing teeth with a single implant-secured dental bridge. This alternative to a fixed or removable bridge offers superior stability and natural-looking aesthetics. Depending upon the number of missing teeth and the patient’s jawbone density, multiple teeth dental implants may be supported with two to eight titanium posts.
Implant supported dentures, also referred to as anchored dentures, are designed to replace an entire row of teeth. These popular denture alternatives are securely held in place by strategically placed dental implants. All-on-4 is a popular implant denture procedure you may have heard of. This technique utilizes four strategically placed dental implants, in either the upper or lower jawbone, to secure one full-arch denture. Typically, two dental implants are placed toward the front of the mouth, while the other two are placed at an angle in the back. For patients who require additional implant support, a modified strategy involving six (All-on-6) or eight implants may be recommended. Full arch dental implants can replace the upper and/or lower arches of teeth, depending on the patient’s needs. When both arches are replaced, the process is often referred to as a full mouth restoration. Unlike removable tooth replacement options, dental implants can deliver unparalleled security and stability, which reduces the risk of gum irritation and eliminates slipping.
A full smile achieved with dental implants can improve quality of life and self-confidence when smiling, talking, chewing, and speaking. For optimal results, all dental implants are highly customized according to the specific needs of each patient and designed to fuse permanently with the jawbone.