In the past two decades, implant dentistry has changed the way that patients and oral health professionals address tooth loss. When compared to traditional tooth replacement methods, dental implants provide a number of unique benefits that promote oral health and renew oral function. Dr. Soares offers dental implant placement that can replace up to an entire arch of replacement teeth.
Single Tooth Replacement with Dental Implants
When using a dental implant to replace a single tooth, a titanium post, which is surgically implanted in the jaw, will eventually support a prosthetic crown. This method of replacing a lost tooth replaces both the visible portion of a tooth as well as the structure underneath the gum line. Over time, the body will treat the titanium post like a tooth’s root and the jawbone will ultimately integrate with it. This process will stabilize the implant so that it is durable enough to withstand the forces of chewing food. After the implant is stable, a custom-made crown is attached to complete the replacement of a missing tooth.
Implant Supported Dentures
Dental implants can also be used to support an entire set of prosthetic teeth. Using the patented and highly successful All-on-4 method, four small dental implants inserted in strategic locations throughout the jaw are used to anchor a full set of dentures in place. Because these implants are stable and durable, patients do not have to worry with denture slippage or the use of messy adhesives to keep their replacement teeth in place. This allows patients with considerable tooth loss the ability to speak with confidence and eat a variety of foods with ease.
Benefits of Dental Implants
In addition to dental implants being incredibly durable and biocompatible, they support bone health by preventing jawbone atrophy and adequately support adjacent teeth, which prevents them from moving into empty tooth sockets. Replacing lost teeth with dental implants offers psychological benefits as well. By having a complete smile, patients no longer have to suffer with the embarrassment of missing teeth. In fact, many patients experience a boost in self-confidence after receiving dental implants.
To learn more about your tooth replacement options, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Soares. Contact us today to reserve your appointment.