Types of Dental Implant Restorations
By Eugene D. Stanislaus on January 18, 2014
For people who are missing a tooth or many teeth, there are plenty of options to consider for optimal care. One of the the ideal options is the use of dental implants. These artificial tooth roots can support various kinds of dental restorations, allowing patients to have smiles that look beautiful and natural with restored function.
When you visit our cosmetic dentistry center for a consultation, you'll be able to learn more about all of your options for restorative dental care. Right now, we want to go over some of the basics with regard to the kinds of implant restorations that can be used. This will give you a good idea of why dental implants are so popular.
About Dental Implants
First things first, here's a brief explanation of dental implants. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically embedded into the patient's jawbone and gum tissue. Because the dental implants are embedded in living tissue, they are able to provide a hold that is comparable to natural tooth roots.
Dental Implants to Support Dental Crowns
When a patient is missing just one tooth or isolated individual teeth, many times the best option is to place a single dental implant to support an individual dental crown. The crown is custom-crafted so that it fits atop the dental implant and complements the smile aesthetically and functionally.
Dental Implants to Support Dental Bridges
When a few teeth in a row are missing, it's common for a dentist to use dental bridges rather than individual crowns. Dental bridges are multiple artificial teeth in a row that are used to bridge the span in a tooth gap. When supported by multiple dental implants in the gap, the bridge will be held very secure.
Dental Implants to Support Partial Dentures
Sometimes tooth loss is too extensive for a dental bridge. In cases in which there are many missing teeth in a row, the ideal option to consider is the use of a partial denture. The partial denture will be supported by multiple dental implants and greatly aid in improving dental health and overall dental functionality.
Dental Implants to Support Full Dentures
When a person is missing most or all teeth along their dental arch, that is when a full denture is ideal. The configuration of dental implants to support a full denture may vary, but regardless, the full denture is a fine option to consider for enhanced dental wellness.
Which dental restoration option is right for me?
The ideal option to consider will vary from patient to patient, so it's important that you meet with your dentist to learn which may be ideal for you. When making this determination, dental care professionals always want to err on the side that is more effective and sensible.
Learn More About Advanced Dental Care Treatment
If you would like to learn more about implant dentistry, restorative care, and your many other options for having a smile that looks great and is healthy as well, be sure to contact our Brooklyn Heights cosmetic dentistry center today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best with regard to your overall dental health and wellness.
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