For patients with missing teeth, dental implants can be an ideal tooth replacement solution. Once in place, only a dentist can remove an implant, and the durability of this fixture is appealing to many patients. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. Individuals seeking tooth replacement have different dental needs, and there are several types of implants that can benefit patients. Here, the dentists at Payette Dental in Payette, ID describe three major types of dental implants.
Patients missing one tooth can benefit from a single dental implant. This permanent fixture features a titanium post placed into the jawbone with an abutment. The dentist will bond a crown or prosthetic tooth to this abutment securely. Implants involve surgery, but the invasive procedure leads to a long-lasting solution. Implants have the added benefit of regenerating bone in the jaw that may have deteriorated without the support of a tooth that was lost. The foundation created with implants can also reduce the risk of facial sagging.
A bridge implant is an effective treatment for patients missing several teeth in a row. The procedure includes two titanium posts implanted in the jaw: one on each end of the bridge. Your dentist will secure the prosthetic teeth to these posts with bonding. Prosthetics are usually made from ceramic or metal alloys and constructed to fit your unique smile. Dentists create prosthetics with care to the size, color, and shape of your surrounding teeth. You should care for prosthetic teeth with proper oral hygiene, just as with natural teeth. This entails brushing teeth twice a day and flossing daily.
The all-on-4 dental implant replaces an entire arch of teeth on the top or bottom of your mouth. This procedure uses four implanted titanium posts with a full arch of prosthetic teeth bonded into place. Your dentist will evaluate your gums and jaw to ensure they can provide a stable foundation for implants. Dentures can replace a full arch of teeth but are subject to slippage because they are removable. Implanted prosthetics can restore complete function without this concern. Patients with dental implants can return to eating and speaking normally.
Dental implants available in Payette, ID
Payette Dental provides dental implants to patients in Payette, ID. Our practice also offers general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services to patients of all ages. For more information, contact our office online or schedule an appointment by phone at 208.243.9807.