Every person is different - and so are their dental needs. Thankfully, when it comes to missing teeth and dental implants, there are different options available. So whether you are replacing one missing tooth, a whole mouth of teeth, or somewhere in between - you can benefit from what dental implants can do.
What are Dental Implants
Dental implants give those that are missing a tooth - or teeth - an artificial alternative that works and acts just like the real thing. The implant acts as a root that is placed into your jaw bone to hold it steadily in place. Once the “root” is implanted - and has time to fuse to the bone - a crown is placed on top.
The result? A natural-looking tooth (or teeth) that blend in well with your real ones. No one will ever know the difference unless you tell them.
If you are looking for an artificial alternative to fill in for missing teeth, dental implants are a perfect choice.They:
- Keep your nearby teeth from moving.
- Allow you to speak and eat like normal.
- Won’t shift, slip, or pop out.
- Are easy to clean and brush - just like your real teeth.
- Can last a lifetime if cared for properly.
Different Types of Dental Implants
As we said, we are all different. One person may need a dental implant for one missing tooth. Another may require implants for a few more. Let’s take a look at all the different types of dental implants available.
Single Tooth Dental Implants
Single tooth dental implants are just like they sound - they replace a single tooth. This is the perfect option for those individuals only missing one tooth. It can replace that missing tooth without standing out -- and the patient can regain full functionality as if it were a real tooth.
For those with 3 or more adjacent teeth missing, an implant support bridge gives all the benefits of a single tooth dental implant, but it covers all the missing teeth. However, with a bridge, there are two implants required. The replacement teeth on either end will have an implant and the teeth in the middle will not.
It offers a natural look that is both aesthetic and functional.
Have you ever seen someone spit out their dentures unintentionally? While it may be a laughable moment for those who witness it, it can be devastating for the person with the dentures. Most traditional dentures require the use of a paste or adhesive to keep them in (which obviously doesn’t always work). Implant-supported dentures, on the other hand, use implants.
Typically, four implants are used to support the dentures and keep them in place. They can support fixed or removable dentures that can snap onto the implant, as well as full or partial. These dentures seem to be much more comfortable with less shifting.
Full Arch, Upper or Lower
Sometimes patients only need an upper or lower arch -- not both as with dentures. In this case, four implants are used to replace all the teeth but with only four anchors.
Mini Dental Implants
Sometimes traditional implants are just too big. This could be the result of a small space or even inadequate bone mass. Using a smaller dental implant - about half the size of the traditional one - is an easy option that can still allow the full benefit of a natural-looking tooth.
Choosing the Right Dental Implant
When it comes to choosing the right dental implant, your dental team will be able to guide you. After a thorough examination, a treatment plan will be discussed about the best way to approach your oral health needs.
Learn More About Dental Implants from Golia Dental
Dental implants can not only make your bite feel better and make eating easier, but they can also boost your level of confidence. After all, having a smile you are proud of can have an incredible impact on your overall quality of life.
If you have questions about the different types of dental implants or would like to see if dental implants are a treatment option that will work for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Robert T. Golia, DDS, FAGD.
Taking a step toward improving your oral health is one of the most important steps you can take. Get started today. Call Golia Dental today at 203-248-7400.
Or, request an appointment online.