Dental implants have changed the way we replace missing teeth. Rather than restoring only those parts of the teeth visible above the gum line, dental implants make it possible for us to replace the root system as well. Whether you’re missing one tooth or a full arch of teeth, dental implant supported tooth replacement can offer your prosthetic improved stability and longevity. Call our team to schedule a dental implant consultation at Smiles in Springfield.
One of the largest benefits of choosing a tooth replacement option that focuses on the roots is improved biting force. When teeth are lost, the crown and root aren’t the only parts to disappear. The alveolar bone, a material responsible for holding teeth in place and stimulating the jaw, also begins to disappear. This bone resorption is prevented when an implant is placed and providing proper stimulation.
With a stronger biting force, you can eat many of your favorite foods you couldn’t before. Tough or chewy foods like steak or apples are a breeze to eat thanks to the strength and durability of implants. Of course, implants don’t sacrifice esthetic for function. Because they’re surgically placed in the jaw, they also promote blood flow to the face and cheeks. This helps you maintain your natural facial shape and elasticity for a more youthful appearance.
Finally, implants have been proven to last for decades without issue, as long as you practice daily oral care and visit the dentist regularly. Multiple studies have shown implants to have a success rate as high as 98 percent over a 10-year period.
Not only are implants incredibly functional and natural-looking, but they’re also versatile. It doesn’t matter if you’re missing one tooth or an entire arch, implants provide a simple solution for both!
Replacing a single tooth only requires one implant, an implant-retained porcelain crown and one abutment to attach them together. Dentists use porcelain because it is durable and the most natural-looking substance in dentistry to date. It’s also made from inorganic material, so there’s no need to worry about it developing decay.
Those with multiple consecutive missing teeth can benefit from implant-retained bridges or partial dentures. These function much like traditional bridges except they require no removal of existing enamel. Typical bridge restorations need to be anchored on existing teeth, but implants can handle the weight of restorations with no problems whatsoever.
If you’re missing an entire arch or have gotten used to wearing a denture for a while now, an implant-retained denture is the best solution for you. With only four to six implants, an entire row of teeth can be restored. These restorations can be designed to be fixed or removable, depending on your needs.
As the name indicates, mini implants are a smaller version of regular dental implants. We may recommend mini implants for those patients who need to replace the smaller teeth in the front of their smiles and for those patients who may not have optimal jawbone density to support an implant. Mini implants require less time to fuse with the jawbone, but apart from that, the placement and restoration process is the same as it is for traditional dental implants.
If you’ve ever tried to ask a dentist over the phone how much dental implants cost, you were probably not given a straight answer. This is because every person’s dental implant case is different, meaning the costs are never exact for each case. For example, the number of implants you want, the restoration you choose and the preparatory treatments you need (bone grafts, sinus lifts etc.) can influence the cost.
Remember, dental implants are considered a long-term investment and will last you for several decades. In many ways, they’re even more cost-effective than other tooth replacement methods, so keep this in mind when you’re comparing your options.