Tooth loss can take away from your self-confidence in a big way -- but only if you let it. Dental implants offer a wonderful tooth replacement option for patients who have suffered any amount of tooth loss. From a single missing tooth to an entire row in the upper or lower arch, dental implant posts provide a sturdy solution. If you would like to learn more about the dental implants process, take a peek at our other page on dental implants basics first. Then, keep reading to find out how your dental implant treatment plan may vary based on how many teeth you are missing.
Even if you are only missing one tooth, finding an effective replacement is of the utmost importance. While losing a single tooth may not seem like that big of a deal at first -- especially if it is one in the back of your jaw -- a comprehensive solution like a dental implant will prevent the degeneration of bone tissue and reduce your risk of experiencing further tooth loss. Additionally, it will prevent the remaining natural teeth from drifting out of place to fill in the space between. A single dental implant restored by a crown is the best method of replacement for eligible patients who have lost one tooth.
If you are missing multiple teeth but still have some healthy pearly whites remaining, you may be able to benefit from an implant-retained bridge or partial denture. This prosthetic can be fixed or removable, depending on your preference and unique smile needs. A partial bridge or denture can usually be supported on two to three dental implants, depending on how many teeth are being replaced.
An entire arch of teeth in the upper or lower jaw can be supported by an implant-retained denture. Traditional dentures rest on the gums and are secured by natural suction and possibly with the help of a denture adhesive. Unfortunately, many patients struggle to find a stable fit for a traditional denture -- but dental implants provide a wonderful solution. When a denture is retained by implant posts surgically placed beneath the gum line, the teeth stay sturdy and secure. This method is known as an “overdenture.”
Many adult patients are eligible candidates for dental implants. During a dental implant consultation, your dentist will evaluate your oral health and the strength of your jaw bone to determine if you need to have a preliminary procedure, like a bone graft or sinus lift, before implantation. This procedure creates more volume in the area to create the proper environment for dental implants. If you are eligible for this option, we look forward to getting started right away.
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, including whether or not you are eligible for this tooth replacement option, you are invited to get in touch with your dentist in Jacksonville. Everyone deserves a complete, healthy smile -- and we can’t wait to help you regain yours! Request an appointment online today.