February 5, 2017
Advancements in dentistry now provide you with several options when replacing missing teeth. Although a bridge and crowns or dentures have been those most traditionally used, more people are now turning to dental implants. More than 500,000 dental implants are placed each year due to the benefits they offer. With a 95% success rate, you gain a lifelong solution that closely mimics the appearance and function of natural teeth. At Newton Street Dental, we provide various types of dental implants in South Hadley to treat all cases of tooth loss.
What are Dental Implants?
Depending on how many teeth are being replaced, the process to receive dental implants varies slightly. However, no matter the type of implants used, the underlying procedure and materials used remains similar. Dental implants are composed of three main parts: implant post, abutment, and crown.
The implant post is made from titanium and is biocompatible so the body naturally accepts the post once inserted into the jawbone. An abutment is attached to the post to anchor the crown in place while also allowing the gum tissue to heal. A custom-made porcelain crown is attached to the abutment to replace the lost tooth.
What Types of Dental Implants are Available?
If you are missing a single tooth, only one implant is used to replace the tooth. The implant post will replace the tooth root while the prosthetic crown will replace the tooth. If you are missing more than one tooth in a row, a bridge of replacement teeth is created. Instead of replacing each tooth individually, the bridge is held in place by two dental implant posts.
For those who are missing all their teeth, there are a couple of different options when choosing dental implants. Implant supported dentures replace a full arch of teeth but only use 4 dental implant posts. The implants are inserted into the jawbone, then a custom-made arch, which is similar in appearance as a denture, is attached.
Depending on your tooth loss and bone density, you also have a couple of different options when it comes to the implant post. Traditional dental implants are the most widely used. They are about 3.5 mm wide to create a strong, secure foundation for the replacement tooth. However, those with decreased bone density may not be candidates for traditional implants.
When there is not enough bone density to support a traditional implant, a mini dental implant can be used. Mini implants are only 1.8 mm wide, providing the perfect option for those with low bone volume.
Which is the Right Dental Implant for Me?
With so many options available when choosing dental implants, it can be difficult to determine which is the best solution for you. At Newton Street Dental, we will perform a consultation to evaluate your tooth loss and bone density. We will then provide you with our recommendations for the best type of dental implant for your individual needs.
If you are ready to restore your smile with dental implants, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
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