After you lose a tooth, it’s only a matter of time before your jawbone starts to deteriorate due to the lack of stimulation from chewing. You can use traditional restorations like removeable dentures and dental bridges to eat and speak normally, but they won’t do anything to prevent bone loss. At Green Hills Dental Center, we can keep your smile healthy and strong by using dental implants. To find out if this restorative treatment option is right for you, schedule a consultation with us today.
“Lost teeth” can mean anything from a single gap in your smile to an entire arch missing. As long as there’s adequate bone structure available and the rest of your mouth is healthy, dental implants can support various restorations to replace any number of teeth.
One implant is enough to replace a single missing tooth. After surgery, you may have to wait a few months for the implant and the jawbone to join together in a process called osseointegration. Once that’s done, an abutment can be placed, and finally the crown that will serve as the replacement tooth will be attached.
If you’re missing two or three teeth in a row, you might be able to replace them with a bridge retained by two implants. Normally dental bridges are supported by natural teeth. This requires the removal of enamel, which can weaken the teeth and increase the risk of decay. With implants, you won’t have to worry about these issues.
Four to eight implants can be used to support a full denture. This allows you to avoid many of the disadvantages associated with traditional dentures (slipping, become ill-fitting due to bone loss, and so on). Implant-retained dentures can be removeable, but they can sometimes be permanently attached, meaning you’ll never have to worry about losing or dropping them.
Getting dental implants is a multi-staged process, and it’s important that every step be performed with maximum expertise and care. At Green Hills Dental Center, we’ll refer you to an expert with a high rate of success to place your dental implant in your jaw. Once that’s done, you’ll return to our practice so that we can provide a natural-looking restoration. We’ll make sure that the process goes smoothly from start to finish.
There are many factors to consider when calculating the total cost of a dental implant procedure: the surgery itself, the number of implants and abutments required, the type of restoration used and so on. We can form an accurate estimate for you during your consultation. Remember, dental implants will last for decades and help you maintain good oral health; you can consider them a long-term investment in a great smile!