Dealing with lost or extracted teeth might be overwhelming for a patient who is not familiar with the restoration options available. Many think their only solution is that of a partial or full denture. Dentistry now allows patients to choose from a wide range of treatments that can restore the smile’s function, health, and beauty. One popular choice available at Drs. of Smiles Gentle Family Dentistry is the dental implant.
How the dental implant works
Our team describes the implant as a titanium restoration that looks like a small post. It is inserted into the bone of the jaw during oral surgery, stimulating the growth of bone around it in a process called osseointegration. This process is what gives the implant its proper foundation and allows it to stay firmly in place. Once the implant has healed and the bone has solidified it into the jawbone, restoration can occur. The implant resting above the gumline, known as the abutment, can be covered in various ways.
How a dental implant can be restored
Versatility is one of many reasons why patients choose dental implants. Dental implants can replace one, several, or all of the teeth in the mouth. Here’s how—different restorations provide different results. Below are some of the more common ways in which the dental implant is restored:
- Crown. Placing a crown over the dental implant replaces a single tooth.
- Bridge. One or more teeth in a row can be replaced using a bridge, and the implant can act as the anchor on one or both sides of the bridge.
- Dentures. Implant-retained dentures provide full arch replacement with a reliable denture and eliminate the troubles commonly related with traditional full dentures, such as the use of dental adhesives.
Use dental implants to repair your smile
If you are missing teeth and want to learn more about the ways in which dental implants can help, call Drs. of Smiles Gentle Family Dentistry in Mesa, AZ today at (480) 834-6991. During a consultation appointment, our dentists can determine if a patient is a proper candidate for dental implants and can work with patients to achieve the results they desire. The office is located at 1056 South Val Vista Drive, Suite 1 and welcomes new patients and families.