Using Dental Implants for Single-Tooth and Multiple-Tooth Replacement
Missing teeth can be a very serious dental health problem. This goes for when a person is missing one tooth or many teeth. While a removable dental bridge or denture can be quite effective for these matters, getting dental implants tends to be a much better option to consider. In a sense, an implant-supported dental appliance combines the benefits of restorative care and cosmetic care, with restorative dentistry focused on the health side of the equation and cosmetic dentistry centered on enhancing the overall beauty of your smile.
Right now, our team, would like to take a few moments to consider how dental implants can be used to remedy issues related to the loss of a single tooth and the loss of multiple teeth.
About Dental Implants
Dental implants are an ideal option to consider for people who are missing teeth. These artificial tooth roots are surgically embedded into a patient's jawbone and gum tissue. When in place, these dental implants provide a hold comparable to natural tooth roots and can support:
- Dental crowns
- Dental bridges
- Partial dentures
- Full dentures
Why Dental Implants Are Superior to Removable Dental Appliances
When you have dental implants in place, a dental appliance is far less likely to slip out of place or fall out when you are biting, chewing, and engaging in other normal activities. In addition, dental implants prevent bone loss and gum recession in the tooth gap, which is a common problem that people face following tooth loss.
Single-Tooth Replacement with Dental Implants
When you are missing a single tooth, a dental implant is placed into the tooth gap in order to support a dental crown. The dental crown is custom crafted to fit into the tooth gap, with the dental lab noting the fit in the gap as well as the point of contact that the crown will have with the tooth/teeth on the opposite dental arch. Both aesthetics and full function are considered to achieve optimal dental health and wellness.
Multiple-Tooth Replacement with Dental Implants
When a person is missing many teeth in a row, multiple dental crowns are not an efficient option. Instead, a dentist will consider placing multiple dental implants in order to support a dental bridge or denture.
The ideal appliance for these matters will depend on the exact nature of the tooth loss. In general, more extensive tooth loss is better handled with the use of a partial denture or full denture. The same considerations of aesthetics and function are taken into account when the bridge or denture is custom crafted.
Tailoring Treatment to Meet Your Needs
During your consultation at our practice, we will be sure to go over all of your options for advanced care so that you can make a well-informed decision about you dental health and wellness. This includes discussing potential gum grafting and bone augmentation treatment when a patient has suffered significant bone loss or gum recession due to a missing tooth or teeth.
Learn More About Your Options for Advanced Dental Care
If you would like to learn more about all of your options for dealing with missing teeth and other kinds of serious dental health issues, be sure to contact our cosmetic dentistry practice in Astoria, Queens today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve all of your goals for advanced dental health and wellness.