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When Should I Consider Dental Implants?

August 5, 2017

Senor man with natural looking dental implantsDental implants are a great tooth replacement solution for patients with any number of missing teeth. This versatile tooth replacement solution has quickly become the gold standard. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants replace the lost root structures of teeth. This offers numerous advantages compared with traditional tooth replacement options including:

  • Increased stability
  • Longer lasting
  • Improved chewing ability
  • Natural look and feel
  • Preserved soft tissue volume and jawbone density

Single Tooth Dental Implants

Patients missing just one tooth will need an implant-retained dental crown. This restoration option is completed by surgically placing a dental implant post into the jawbone. Once the implant fuses with the jaw mimicking natural root function, we’ll place an abutment. The structure of this attachment will be used to design and craft a custom dental crown. We’ll use the highest quality, natural looking ceramic to create your flawless replacement tooth. Then, we attach the dental crown directly to the abutment just like we would place a crown over healthy tooth structure.

Consecutive Tooth Replacement

To replace consecutive teeth, we may be able to fuse two dental crowns together and attach them to a single dental implant post. For larger teeth or to support three or more consecutive replacement teeth, two implants will be used to support a row of fused together crowns called a fixed bridge. An implant post will be placed at either end of these bridges to securely anchor and support the tooth replacement prosthetic, recreating natural tooth structure.

Numerous Teeth and Full Mouth Tooth Replacement

Advanced tooth loss will likely necessitate a partial or full denture. Both types of tooth replacement prosthetic are crafted using a gum colored base material to support numerous replacement teeth. Partials are crafted to fill in the gaps between healthy teeth. Full dentures replace one or both complete arches of teeth. In most cases, partial or full dentures can be supported with about four dental implant posts strategically positioned along the gum line. More implants may be necessary for patients with a larger jaw line and/or larger natural tooth structure.

Your Armitage Oral Surgery Team

Thanks for reading the Armitage Oral Surgery blog! We hope you’ve found some good information about dental implants. If you want to learn more about any of our advanced surgical procedures, our monthly blog is a great resource, but please don’t hesitate to call our knowledgeable team. We’re here to help whenever our Chicago area dental patients need us.

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