It may not seem like it, but missing teeth are a very common issue. In fact, most Americans will have lost at least one adult tooth by the time they reach 40 years of age. The trouble with tooth loss is that it can have an effect on both the way that you use your teeth and your confidence in your appearance.
Until fairly recently, there were fairly limited options for replacing missing teeth, each with a few flaws. Whilst these are still available, they have been eclipsed by the arrival of implant dentistry.
Implant dentistry refers to a specialist group of treatments that combine implant technology with typical restorative dentistry for replacing missing teeth. The result is a range of solutions that are considered far superior in every way, including in terms of their stability, effectiveness, and longevity.
We are pleased to offer a comprehensive range of implant dentistry services at our Jupiter, FL offices.
One of the largest issues with conventional tooth replacement solutions is the way that they are attached to the mouth. In the case of bridges, this is through crowns placed on neighboring healthy teeth. In the case of dentures, it is using denture adhesive. Implant technology is an innovative new dentistry method that enables dentists to replace the missing tooth root with an artificial alternative that is embedded permanently into the jaw.
This artificial root is created from a small titanium post. Titanium is biocompatible meaning that it is highly unlikely to be rejected by the body. Each implant is placed into a hole that has been drilled into the jaw via an incision in the gum. Once the implant post is placed, the bone heals around it, securing it permanently. This process is called osseointegration and takes a number of months. A special connector is then used to attach the visible part of the restoration to it, completing the treatment.
Implant dentistry relies on a patient having sufficient healthy bone in their jaw. If this isn’t the case, you may first need a bone grafting procedure before you can be approved for dental implants.
Implant dentistry is used to supply a number of different restorative solutions. These include:
Single dental implants. These are designed to replace single missing teeth and usually require one implant post per tooth. The visible part of the tooth is usually custom-designed from porcelain and glazed in a shade to match your existing teeth so that your restoration looks discreet and natural.
Implant-supported bridge. This combines the conventional bridge design, plus instead of relying on neighboring teeth to support it, the bridge of artificial teeth is placed onto two implant posts.
Implant-supported dentures. Implant technology can also be used to support partial or full dentures. The exact number of implants needed will depend on your individual circumstances, but usually, a full arch of artificial teeth can be supported on between four and eight implant posts – depending on the type of implant-supported denture that you choose. The denture itself can be created from porcelain or from zirconia, again depending on the precise solution that you choose.
Implant dentistry is widely considered to be superior in virtually every way when compared to traditional tooth replacement solutions. Some of the key benefits afforded by this innovative variety of treatment include:
- Greater strength and stability of the restorations since they are attached to a post that has been permanently embedded in the jaw.
- No pressure on healthy, neighboring teeth.
- Improved discretion, since the more stable implant-based solutions o not slip and move around as much as traditional alternatives.
- The implant posts add strength to the jaw bone, preventing deterioration that is caused by a loss of natural tooth root.
- Solutions that are more comfortable than conventional restorations.
- Restorations that are fairly easy to take care of.
- With some types of implant-supported denture, you can have your smile replaced in just one day.
- With proper care, implant-supported devices can last upwards of 20 years, making them a great investment in the function and appearance of your smile.
If you are looking for implant dentistry in Jupiter, FL, our team would be delighted to help. Contact us today to schedule your confidential consultation to find out if implants are an ideal solution for your dental issues.