Are you looking to replace a missing tooth or multiple teeth?
A dental implant is an artificial structure that is placed in your jawbone that supports an artificial tooth or multiple teeth. The implant itself is the titanium piece that is inserted into the bone structure of your mouth that once it has healed and fused to your jaw, becomes a strong anchor that holds the abutment. An abutment is the connector piece that holds the crown, also known as the artificial tooth. When you have a crown placed, it is custom-made to fit the shape and color of your natural teeth.
Should I get dental implants or dentures?
You might be wondering if you should get dental implants or dentures to replace your missing teeth. There are many distinct advantages of dental implants over dentures which include:
- A more natural look to match your existing teeth
- More comfortable and realistic feel
- Improved chewing and eating function
- Lower risk of developing cavities in neighboring teeth
- Do not need to be removed every night for cleaning like dentures
Dental implants can be a great solution to replace one or multiple teeth
Single Dental Implants:
No matter how you lost a tooth, a single dental implant can be placed into the jaw to replace your missing tooth. This treatment is a great solution with the highest long-term success rate for restoring your smile and preventing bone loss. While dental implants may be a higher initial cost, they offer a more cost-effective solution for the life of your dental implant. The best part of a replacement tooth with a dental implant is that it feels just like a natural tooth once it has healed and the crown is placed.
Replacing multiple teeth:
When you’re missing multiple teeth and are looking for a permanent solution for replacement, we can place implants to support a bridge with multiple teeth. This doesn’t require you to have an implant placed for every missing tooth, but rather a couple of implant screws used as anchors for a bridge to span multiple teeth. This allows you to avoid using your natural teeth as bridge supports which in the long run can weaken and damage your natural teeth.
Dental implants for replacing all teeth:
If you’re interested in an alternative to full dentures you can have a permanent full arch of teeth placed. A full arch is a complete set of upper or lower teeth that are placed on a set of implants. The arch can be placed on as few as four implants, and it offers a long-term alternative to a set of dentures and provides a much more natural feeling that doesn’t require the nightly maintenance of dentures.
If you’re ready to restore your comfort, functionality of a full set of teeth, and having a complete smile, give us a call or contact us at 717.243.9020. You can set up a consultation with our dentist who can evaluate your current dental health and go over your options for dental implants.
We offer unique and customized dental implant solutions for our patients in the Carlisle, Boiling Springs, and Newville area, and we’re always accepting new patients. Schedule a consultation today to get started on your way to a new smile with dental implants.