Most people look at the loss of their teeth in aesthetic terms before considering the health implications. Missing teeth reduce the functionality of your bite and can lead to bone disintegration in your jaw. This, in turn, can lead to widespread shifting in your other teeth. Lost teeth also invite increased risk of gum infection, an ailment that can lead to health problems throughout the body. Replacing missing teeth is an essential component of responsible oral health, and our Dentist provides several options for patients who need the work done.
Single Tooth Dental Implants
For residents who have only one missing tooth, a single-tooth dental implant may be the best option for replacement and restoration. All implants have advantages over traditional bridges and removable dentures. They provide maximum stability, unparalleled durability, and they prevent the jawbone from losing mass. By avoiding the bridge solution, a patient can restore the form and function of their missing tooth without compromising the health of their neighboring teeth.
Implant-supported bridges differ from their removable counterparts in that they provide a fixed root for the replacement teeth. They are an excellent option for many patients who have lost multiple teeth. Many dental professionals use an implant-supported bridge when they have reason to believe the surrounding teeth cannot stand up to the additional pressure of supporting the device. Implants reduce that pressure, spreading it evenly across a number of implants. Patients must have healthy surrounding teeth and gums to make an implant-supported bridge a viable possibility.
Implant-Supported Permanent Dentures
Traditional dentures rest on the gums, unsupported by an anchor beyond the adhesive you choose to use. Implant-supported permanent dentures, on the other hand, are fixed into dental implants to prevent the slipping and sliding so common to regular dentures. The process can only be done when the patient has sufficient bone in their jaw to support the implant, though there are procedures such as bone grafting that can be done when there is too much deterioration. Even if you choose traditional dentures for your upper jaw, a lower-jaw implant support can reduce the instability patients often experience in that area of the mouth.
Patients visiting Smile Esthetics Scottdale should know they’re in good hands. Our professional Dentists and well-trained staff believe in putting the needs of the patient first. If you have missing teeth and aren’t sure whether a single-tooth implant, an implant-supported bridge, or implant-supported permanent dentures are right for you, schedule an appointment to discuss your options. Being proactive about your dental health can make a world of difference in your smile. For more information call today (480) 867-1727.