June 23, 2021
Each year, over 500,000 people choose dental implants to replace missing teeth, making it one of the most popular options to complete smiles. This is due to the many benefits that dental implants provide, including their ability to replace all patterns of tooth loss – from one tooth to an entire smile. But what are the different types of dental implants, and which one is best for you? Read on to get your answers!
Options for Every Smile
Dental implants are tiny artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed in the jaw to support a variety of restorations. Your dentist offers 3 options for dental implants that are based on the number of teeth that you need replaced:
Single Tooth Dental Implant
For a single missing tooth, a crown supported by an implant can be used. Instead of relying on surrounding teeth like a traditional bridge, a single dental implant is placed in the jaw and topped with a crown. Your dental crown will be designed to match the size, shape, and shade of your natural teeth for a seamless replacement.
Are you missing multiple teeth consecutively? An implant bridge utilizes a dental implant on either side of the gap, which are used to support a dental bridge. This is a prosthetic that literally “bridges” the space in your grin. The best part is that no natural enamel will need to be removed – the surgically placed dental implants will hold the bridge securely.
If you’re missing all or most of your teeth, implants can still work wonders. Your dentist can combine the best of both worlds to give you implant dentures. This option involves an average of 4 to 6 dental implants, which are carefully placed in the strongest parts of the jaw. Then, a custom-made denture is mounted on top. Implant dentures are the most sturdy, strong, and lifelike smile replacement available – they allow you to eat, speak, and grin with total confidence.
Are Implants Right for You?
Are you wondering whether dental implants are right for your smile? The only way to know with certainty is to schedule a consultation with your dentist. They will carefully review your medical history and examine your mouth before developing a custom treatment plan that includes the type of dental implants they recommend. Most healthy adults are good candidates for dental implants, however your initial consultation is important because it allows your dentist to treat and plan around any preexisting issues for a successful replacement.
Ready to get started with dental implants? Now that you know about your different options, what are you waiting for? Contact your dentist to change your life with this amazing treatment.
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Bita Kamali is a proud Texas native who wants her Plano patients to have access to the best tooth replacement solutions available. That’s why she partners with local implant specialists to ensure the success and longevity of your new smile. She creates custom-made restorations to make implants beautiful and lifelike. For any questions, she can be reached through her website or by phone at (972) 818-1300.