Dental implants have changed the way that oral surgeons and dental professionals address tooth loss. As the closest thing available to natural teeth, dental implants are a long-lasting, permanent alternative to prosthetic teeth such as traditional dentures and bridges. Dental implants have different applications when replacing teeth. For example, a single dental implant can be used to replace one missing tooth or a series of smaller implants can anchor a set of prosthetic teeth.
Traditional Dental Implants
Implants used to replace a single tooth are slightly larger than implants used to support dentures. Traditional dental implants replace the roots of one tooth and have a manmade crown attached to fill in an empty tooth socket. These types of dental implants are very durable and life-like. If the crown is made from porcelain or porcelain fused to metal, the replacement tooth will look very natural. These types of implants are ideal for patients who lost a tooth to an accident or decay. Candidates for traditional dental implants should be free of gum disease and possess an adequate amount of jawbone to support the implant.
All-on-4 Dental Implants
This type of dental implant is slightly smaller than the implant used to replace one missing tooth. As with traditional implants, All-on-4 dental implants have a textured rod that resembles a screw and are surgically embedded into the jawbone. Instead of supporting one artificial crown, a series of strategically placed dental implants support an entire arch of dentures. This method of tooth replacement is ideal for patients who have lost or will lose all their teeth and those with minimal bone atrophy or manageable gum disease.
When it comes to choosing the best tooth replacement option for your needs, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our oral surgeon. At you consultation, our team will conduct a examination of your overall oral health to determine which procedure is best for you and our oral surgeon will answer any questions you may have.
To reserve your appointment, contact our team at Oral Surgery Associates of North Texas today.