Dental implants are a modern dental marvel, and a very popular way to restore your smile after a tooth has been lost.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants involve a minor procedure where the implant is placed directly into your jawbone where the missing tooth once was. Over time, the implant will bond to your jaw, and eventually, a crown will be placed to complete the process.
Tooth Replacement Options Using Dental Implants
Replace One Tooth — A single implant for a single tooth has an incredibly high success rate – and is one of the best solutions to a single missing tooth.
Replace Multiple Teeth — Replacing multiple teeth with implants is also a great option when needed – and can be done in a variety of ways. Single implants may be placed throughout the mouth, or if teeth are missing in a row, a bridge might be used to complete the treatment and ‘bridge the gap’ between your healthy teeth and implants.
Replace All Teeth Permanently — Implants can also be used to replace entire rows of teeth – the bottom arch, top arch, or both! These prosthetic teeth can be supported by just 4 precisely placed implants – sometimes known as “All-On-Four.”
Implant Care and Maintenance
Implants must be cared for the same way as natural teeth. You should continue to brush, floss, and watch what you eat and how hard you bite down. For those with a habit of nighttime grinding or clenching, a night guard may be suggested to prevent harm to your implant and the rest of your natural teeth.