Types of Dental Implants
Tooth loss can impact daily activities such as eating and speaking, affect your confidence and your oral health. The loss of teeth affects your oral health by weakening the jawbone and as it does your jaw changes shape. Any remaining teeth can shift in your mouth, throwing off your bite. At Dallas Prosthodontics, we strive to provide you with the best possible solutions for tooth loss by restoring the functions of your teeth and protecting your oral health. Dental implants allow us to do just that.
What are Implants?Dental implants are small, titanium (or zirconium) rods that we surgically place into your jawbone. As you heal, the rods fuse with your bone and become like the roots of your natural teeth. We place abutments on the top of the rods, then attach your false teeth to them. Implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss, restoring your life back to normal all while maintaining the integrity of your jawbone.
A single implant may be the solution for you if you are only missing one tooth or you have a few missing teeth, but they are all in different parts of your mouth. For each missing tooth, a rod is implanted into your jaw and individual ceramic crowns placed on top.
If you have two or three missing teeth next to each other, a common solution used to be a bridge. To place a bridge, adjacent healthy teeth need to be trimmed down so that the crowns can fit over them. Those teeth become anchors to hold the bridge in place. Multiple tooth implants, also often referred to as implant supported bridges, eliminate the need for preparing perfectly healthy adjacent teeth. Some bridges can be supported by a single implant or you may need an implant for each missing tooth. With an oral exam and x-rays, we can make the best choice for how many implants you will need.
In the event of a full arch of missing teeth, implants can take the place of traditional dentures. Where dentures are removable and are supported by your gums, implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss. The rods act like the roots of natural teeth and support the overdenture, saving your gums from suffocation. Fixed overdentures are screwed in place and are not usually removed unless we need to perform maintenance on them. These overdentures can be treated just like your natural teeth and don’t require any extra cleaning aside from normal oral hygiene.
Removable overdentures are similar to fixed. They are still a permanent solution to tooth loss, that maintains the integrity of your jaw and uses implants to support the overdenture. However, instead of screwing the overdenture into place, it snaps or clips onto the implants and can easily be removed by you for cleaning.
Your tooth loss restoration needs are unique. For this reason, Dallas Prosthodontics has several options for dental implants to provide you with the best solution.