What is a dental implant?
Implants are a solution for missing teeth. When space is created by a missing tooth, it allows surrounding teeth to move, which may lead to further tooth loss. An implant is affixed to the jaw bone to mimic a tooth and tooth root, keeping the surrounding teeth in line, and restoring function.
Types of dental implants
Single Implant: Implants can be used to replace single missing teeth. After the implant has been placed a tooth can be attached to the top of the implant. If properly maintained implants can last a lifetime and are the best tooth replacement option available.
Multiple Implants: If you are missing several teeth then multiple implants can be placed. Oftentimes, this is your best option when several teeth are missing or the adjacent teeth are healthy.
Implant-Supported Dentures: With implants, dentures can be tightly secured eliminating the need for denture adhesives. Implants can allow dentures to not only feel great but to also function very similarly to natural teeth. Various types of implant-supported dentures exist.
All on 4 or 6 Denture: Generally up to 6 implants are placed and used to secure a denture. You will get the look and function of a full arch of teeth without the need to replace every missing tooth with an implant. You can brush the denture just like natural teeth, and it will be removed twice a year by the dentist and professionally cleaned.
Implant retained dentures: This type of denture still uses implants to help hold them in, however they can be removed by the patient to be cleaned on a daily basis. We can help you decide what type is best for you.