In recent years, more and more dental care providers have started to promote dental implants as the ideal tooth replacement option. If you need to replace one or more missing teeth, dental implants allow your dentistry team to replace the entire lost tooth – roots and crown. Whether you need to replace a single tooth or a full row of teeth, it’s time to call Legacy Trails Dental to schedule a dental implant tooth replacement consultation in our Plano dentistry practice. We’ll carefully examine your smile, explain your treatment options, and create a personalized plan to fully renew your smile.
Dental implants are small posts inserted below the gums to recreated the lost root structure of missing teeth. They are usually crafted form titanium which has been proven to effectively fuse with the gum and bone tissue, but other materials have been introduced and proved to be effective in replacing tooth roots.
No dental restoration option is right for every patient, but dental implants are a great solution for many patients. As long as you are in relatively good health and have adequate gum tissue volume and jawbone density, you should be able to successfully receive one or more dental implants. However, every case is unique, so call to schedule your tooth replacement consultation with our Plano dentistry team to find out more.
To replace a single tooth or a few consecutive teeth, implant supported dental crowns and bridges are usually the recommended solution. A single implant can be used to support one dental crown, replacing a missing tooth. Two fused together dental crowns can often be supported by a single implant to replace two consecutive teeth. For patients with three or more consecutive missing teeth, at least two dental implants, one on each end, will be needed to support the fixed bridge.
Partial and full dentures are typically anchored in place with attachments to between two and four dental implant posts. Partials are dentures crafted to fill in the gaps between remaining healthy teeth, and depending on the number and location of the missing teeth, they may be supported by as few as two or as many as four dental implants. Full dentures are crafted to replace an entire row of teeth and four implant posts usually provide adequate support for the denture. However, some patients do need more implants.
For patients who need to replace an entire row of missing teeth, All-on-4 offers a unique solution that utilizes the naturally denser parts of the jawbone in the front of the mouth to support an entire denture. Rather than placing four or more dental implants along the jaw line, the All-on-4 method uses two vertical implants to support the front of the denture and two diagonally placed implants positioned to support the back of the denture and implant into the front of the jaw. Then, the denture can be attached to the implants, recreating the lost tooth structure.