Repair Teeth with Dental Implants
Teeth are forever lost for multiple reasons: tooth decay, gum disease, bone loss and accidents all contribute to a large number of extractions. Now an integral part of dental practice, implant tooth restoration meets the highest standard of reconstructive dentistry available from the Marconi Dental Group. Our dentists replace one tooth, multiple teeth or complete arches using implant treatments.
How Dental Implants Function
A dental implant involves a two-part process for repairing teeth. The first component is a titanium screw created to attach to your jawbone. Bone responds extremely well to titanium and treats the metal as if it was a component of your original bone makeup. The result is an extremely strong base for a restoration tooth, the second component of an implant. The restoration tooth is much like a crown, but it attaches to an implant instead of covering a damaged tooth. Because of their strength, only two implants can support numerous artificial teeth, so you don’t need an implant to replace every single tooth you have lost.
Types of Implant Restorations
A single implant repairs one tooth or many, depending on your budget, goals and available jawbone. The following implant treatments are provided at Carmichael’s Marconi Dental Group:
Single Tooth Repair
A standard method of implant dentistry and the best method for repairing a lost tooth, during this procedure a sole implant screw supports a sole crown. Many teeth can be restored using this method, and this procedure does the best job of replicating the roots that give continuous stimulation to your jawbone.
If many teeth are missing in a row, and cost or jawbone availability is a factor, only two implants can support a dental bridge, repairing numerous teeth simultaneously. Bridges normally require the adaptation of two existing teeth, which become the foundation of the bridge. By installing implants as a foundation, your remaining teeth are left the same and the implants preserve your jawbone.
Implant Arch Repair
For full-mouth reconstruction, and the most economical implant procedure in terms of cost, the implant arch restoration repairs all of the teeth in the upper and lower arch. In the upper arch, four implants are strategically installed to support a denture that is either permanently secured or removable (a “snap-in” or “snap-on” denture). For the lower arch, only two implants are needed to restore the complete arch. Certainly, if more implants are installed, the denture is more secure. Our Carmichael dentists will review all available options to decide which one is best suited for your particular needs.
Video: Bridge Versus an Implant
Here we describe the differences between a dental implant and a bridge for replacing a missing tooth. We simply break down the pros and cons of each.