For the majority of adults with tooth loss, the best treatment will be dental implants. Dental implants have revolutionized the way that periodontists and implant specialists can treat patients who are missing permanent teeth. Dental implants are far superior to other types of artificial teeth. After all, they help to prevent the loss of jaw bone, because they mimic the look and function of a natural tooth, including the tooth root. They also last a very long time, and for many patients will last a lifetime. Here’s what to know about dental implants.
Deciding What Type of Dental Implant Is Right For You
Four types of dental implants are available to replace missing teeth. All implants use a biocompatible screw surgically implanted into the jaw. The screw acts as an artificial tooth root and is topped with a natural-looking dental crown. Depending upon the number of teeth you need to replace, you may be a candidate for individual implants, an implant-supported bridge, implant-supported dentures, or a full arch (upper or lower jaw) using only four implants.
Individual Dental Implants
If you’re only missing a single tooth or a couple of teeth in different areas of your mouth, you may be a candidate for individual implants. As long as you have sufficient jaw bone density, your periodontist will be able to surgically implant a screw into your jaw which will anchor the crown to your jaw, in the same way, a tooth root anchors a tooth to your jaw. If you do not have significant jaw bone at your first consultation, your periodontist will likely talk with you about bone grafting treatments that can prepare your mouth for implants.
If you have at least three missing teeth in a row, your periodontist may suggest an implant-supported bridge. An implant-supported bridge will require at least two implants, and a crown will bridge the gap between them.
Implant-supported dentures allow for dentures to snap into place, rather than relying on adhesive to secure the false teeth to the gums. Implant-supported dentures require at least two implants, and possibly more. Implant-supported dentures tend to wiggle less in the mouth than traditional dentures. They also allow for a smaller base, making them more comfortable for many patients. Your implant specialist can help you determine if implant-supported dentures are appropriate, or if you’d benefit from a full arch treatment using only four implants.
Full Arch With Four Implants
If you’re missing all of your teeth on the upper or lower jaw, your implant specialist may recommend a full arch using as few as four implants as anchors for the full set of upper or lower teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
If your periodontist recommends dental implants, it’s because they want the best for you. Dental implants offer many benefits to not only your oral health but to your overall wellbeing. Dental implants are incredibly durable, lasting 25+ years, with the potential to last for your whole life, with proper oral hygiene and regular dental care.
Some of the benefits of dental implants include:
- Maintain and strengthen jaw bone strength
- Prevent the sunken facial appearance
- Allow for proper chewing and biting
- Protect other existing teeth
- Boost self-confidence
- Help promote long term health
- Longer lasting than dentures, or bridges
Schedule a Dental Implant Consultation in the Hudson Valley
If you’re ready to replace missing teeth, contact Hudson Valley Periodontics & Implantology today. Our team of highly experienced periodontists has provided successful periodontal treatment and dental implants for thousands of patients. To schedule a consultation call 845-623-6666 or request an appointment online.