Each year, millions of Americans experience tooth loss. Fortunately, dental implants are an effective method for replacing lost teeth to restore your confidence. The team at Smile Country Dental in Santa Rosa and Napa, California, has extensive experience placing implants. To learn more, call or go online today to schedule your first appointment with Smile Country Dental today.
There are many reasons why an individual may lose a tooth, including gum disease, facial trauma, injury, or normal wear-and-tear. In addition to the obvious changes in your appearance and the loss of confidence that losing a tooth can cause, tooth loss can lead to a range of other issues including loss of function, degraded oral health, and loss of facial form.
A dental implant is a proven method for replacing lost teeth. An implant is a titanium replacement tooth root that is placed in your jawbone where your original root was. Over time, this titanium post fuses with your jawbone, anchoring firmly in place.
A replacement tooth or other dental prosthetic is then attached to the implant. There are several types of replacement teeth that can be placed on dental implants, each serving a different purpose.
There are several types of dental implants, including:
Just as their name implies, single tooth implants serve to replace a single missing tooth, restoring lost function and improving your appearance.
Multiple tooth implants are used when you have multiple missing teeth. They are designed and placed just like single tooth implants.
With full arch implants, multiple dental implants are placed in either your upper or lower arch. These implants are then used to secure a denture firmly in place. This is perfect for those who may be concerned about their denture slipping or want a more efficient method to replace a full set of teeth.
Mini implants function much the same as full-arch implants, except that the implants are smaller. Mini implants are useful when a person cannot withstand the rigors of full implant placement or do not have sufficient jawbone to support full implants.
Dental implants are designed to be a long-lasting tooth replacement treatment. With proper placement and good oral care habits like brushing and flossing, dental implants can last for your entire lifetime.
To learn more about dental implants and whether they may be right for you, call or go online today to schedule your first appointment with the team at Smile Country Dental.