Types of Dental Implants
A dental implant, simply put, is a prosthetic replacement for missing teeth. If you’ve lost any of your adult teeth, you will want to look into getting dental implants to maintain good oral health. Montee and Montee offers free implant consultations and free second opinion on dentures, bridges and implants. So why is this significant to your health? The bone that surrounds and supports your teeth needs stimulation to maintain density and form. Natural teeth consist of the crown (the visible pearly white) and the root, which extends to your jawbone. Your teeth provide the necessary stimulation of the bone through contact with each other and chewing. Loss of teeth results in loss of bone. Loss of bone causes a decrease in facial structure and impairs your ability to chew and even speak. The more teeth lost, the more bone and function lost.
Because dental implants fuse to the bone, they prevent further loss of bone. In fact, dental implants are the only way to preserve the bone after tooth loss. Several options for dental implants are available at Montee & Montee dental.
Single Tooth Replacement
For single tooth replacement, an implant is surgically placed in an opening in the jawbone made by your dentist. This implant will attach to your bone and act as a new root for the replacement crown. A crown, or cap, that is specifically made to look like your natural teeth is permanently attached to the implant. This is the best way to replace a missing tooth.
Non-Removable Multiple Tooth Replacement
Often completed over time and in multiple visits, implants are placed in openings in the jawbone where multiple teeth are missing. Temporary crowns, or healing caps, can be placed on the implants until healing occurs. After healing, permanent crowns are attached. Finally, a custom bridge is screwed or cemented onto the implants, replacing multiple teeth. These implants are strong and easily support the biting force of several teeth.
Removable Implant-Supported Tooth Replacement
If all of your upper or lower teeth are missing, removable dentures supported by two to six implants will support your facial bones, cheeks and lips by replacing the extensive tooth and bone loss. There are attachment options and design variations that will be determined by bone density, number of implants present and strength and support needs. Your dentist will discuss these options with you.
Non-Removable Full Mouth Implants
For those needing replacements for all upper and lower teeth, the most comfortable and natural results are achieved through placement of several implants throughout the jaw line, and an entire set of porcelain teeth cemented or screwed onto the implants.
Dental implants do require regular maintenance, just like natural teeth. Brushing, flossing and rinsing are necessary to the health and longevity of dental implants. It’s also vital to regularly visit your dentist, both for good oral health and because he or she will be able to monitor the integrity and function of the implant.
For all of your dental care needs, and for more information on dental implant options, contact Montee and Montee Dental. Call 615-541-8987 today to schedule your free implant consultation or free second opinion.