Dental implants are quickly beginning to replace dental bridges and dentures as the most popular method of restoring missing teeth. This is primarily because dental implants offer a permanent treatment for missing teeth that is both comfortable and stable. Dental implants are also very versatile and can even be combined with other forms of teeth restoration, improving them and providing more treatment options for our patients. Today, Dr. Fred A. Puccio is blogging from Wyckoff, NJ to talk about the variety of different treatment options available to patients who choose to use dental implants for their restoration treatment.
A Possible Treatment for Every Need
Whether you need to restore a single missing tooth or a full arch of missing teeth, there is a restoration available for you using dental implants. By working with other forms of teeth restoration, dental implants are able to offer even more different restoration options that can help dental implants fit any need or budget. Some of the restorations available with dental implants include:
Single Tooth Restoration
When restoring a single missing tooth, a single implant fixture is placed in the empty spot left by the missing tooth during the procedure. During the recovery period, osseointegration occurs, which is the process of the implant fixture being accepted by the jawbone and gums as a natural part of your body. It is this process that allows your implant to work and feel just like a natural tooth. Once this process is complete, an abutment is attached to the fixture and the replacement tooth connected, completing the restoration.
Multiple Teeth Restoration
When restoring multiple missing teeth, it is possible to perform a single tooth restoration for each missing tooth. However, if you are missing multiple teeth that are all lined up next to each other in a row, an implant supported dental bridge might be a good option for you. For this method, at least two implant fixtures are placed, one for the first missing tooth in the row and one for the last missing tooth in the row. Once healed, an abutment is attached to each implant and the dental bridge connected at both points, completing the restoration.
Full Arch Restoration
Much like with multiple teeth restorations, a single tooth restoration can be performed for each and every tooth on an arch. This can be very expensive, however, and an implant supported overdenture might be a better option for your needs. For this method, four to six implant fixtures are placed along your arch. Once healed, an abutment is attached to each and the overdenture connected, completing your restoration.
Call and Schedule a Consultation at Midland Family Dental Care
As you can see, if you are suffering from a missing tooth or teeth, dental implants can help you. Whether you use them alone or combine them with a dental bridge or dentures, dental implants are able to supply the most comfortable replacement options. If you would like to find out whether or not you might be a good candidate for treatment with dental implants, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Fred A. Puccio today. We look forward to helping you restore your beautiful smile soon!