Dental implants have revolutionized oral health care around the world. With over a 50 year history, they are safe, predictable and cost effective. They are posts that replace a missing root of a tooth. They provide many practical solutions for patients who have lost one or more teeth. Because dental implants are not teeth, it is impossible to ever get a cavity on a dental implant. This is a major advantage for people who get cavities very easily.
Single Tooth Replacement
Dental implant can be placed in order to replace a single missing tooth. This can be a front tooth or a back tooth, including the farthest back missing tooth. Because the root is replaced, the neighbor teeth do not take any extra chewing burden. They are also easy to clean around. The primary disadvantage comes from the increased time it takes to get the final tooth due to healing which must take place.
Multiple Tooth Replacement
Dental implants can be used to replace multiple missing teeth. They can be used as the foundation for a bridge. Another major advantage of dental implants is their interchangeability. After having a dental implant placed, there is the option to use this implant for other purposes as the need arises.
Full Mouth Tooth Replacement
Dental implants can be used as the foundation to replace all of someone’s teeth. As few as 4 or 5 implants can be leveraged to replace a full arch. This is an option that stays in the mouth at all times. This option restores the patient who has lost all of their teeth back to near perfect function and esthetics.
Dental implants can act as an anchor or “button” that allows the denture to snap into place. This increases the stability of the denture and gives you the confidence to know that the denture will never leave your mouth without you purposefully removing it. Implant supported dentures have the added advantage of being easy to clean as they are removed at night.