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Are you missing one or more teeth? Do you dream of finding a permanent solution to restore your smile? Look no further! In this article, we will explore three different types of dental implants that can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium post that is surgically placed beneath your gum line into your jawbone. This post acts as a stable foundation for your tooth restoration. Not only does it fuse with your bone like a root, but it also stimulates and preserves your bone structure. On top of the implant post, a restoration is placed, which can be a single crown, a bridge, or even secure dentures.
With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime and have a remarkable success rate of 98%. That’s why they are widely recognized as the number one recommendation for replacing missing teeth permanently.
Three different types of dental implants
1) Replacing a single tooth: Use a single dental implant
If you have one missing tooth, the best option for you is a single dental implant. This involves placing one post and one crown. The process includes a consultation to determine your candidacy for the procedure, the placement of the post using surgical-guided technology, and finally, connecting the custom-designed crown to the post. With a single tooth dental implant, you can replace your entire missing tooth, from root to crown.
2) Replacing several teeth: Use an implant-supported bridge
When you have multiple missing teeth adjacent to each other, an implant-supported bridge may be the ideal solution. This type of bridge consists of two crowns on either side of the gap and an artificial tooth held by those crowns. Instead of attaching the crowns to your natural teeth, they are connected to dental implants. This option allows you to securely replace multiple missing teeth without the need to replace each tooth individually.
3) Replacing all your teeth: Use an implant-retained denture
If you are missing a majority or all of your teeth in either your upper or lower arch, an implant-retained denture can be the perfect choice. A denture is an artificial arch of teeth that rests on your gum line. By strategically placing four dental implants along your arch, your denture can be permanently secured. This means no more worries about slipping or uncomfortable eating and talking. Implant-retained dentures offer a solution to all your denture problems and can restore your smile and confidence.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
At Implant & Periodontic Specialists, we evaluate candidates for dental implant surgery based on several factors:
Bone: Sufficient bone is required for the implant post to fuse with. If you have been missing a tooth for a while and don’t have enough bone, a bone grafting procedure may be necessary to regenerate the bone and tissue.
Age: Dental implants are most successful in adults who have finished growing and developing.
Health: Good general and oral health is crucial for a successful dental implant surgery. Certain conditions like diabetes, smoking heavily, or gum disease may affect the viability of dental implants.
If you have any questions about the different types of dental implants or want to find out if you are a suitable candidate, don’t hesitate to contact our office. You can also schedule a consultation at our convenient locations in Bellevue and Issaquah, WA. We are here to help you find the perfect solution for your smile!