When you begin to think about how to replace any missing teeth you may have, you will no doubt consider the possibility of obtaining dental implants. This is wise, because implants are an effective part of many solutions to missing teeth. However, as wonderful as dental implants are, they aren’t the best solution in every case, so it’s important to schedule an appointment with Dentistry by Angela Britt for an examination.
The Versatile Dental Implant
When looking for the “perfect” replacement for a missing tooth, a dental implant fulfills the role better than other treatments because it mimics the “root” structure of a natural tooth. Your own bone can fuse with the titanium implant, which then serves as a stable foundation for several different types of restorations. Implants are used to support single crowns, bridges, and even entire dentures, and these restorations are more stable and feel like your “real” teeth.
The Ideal Environment for a Dental Implant
We mentioned earlier that the implants are made of titanium that is biocompatible, so your bone tissue can fuse with the implant and it can become fixed, or permanent, in your jaw. But, for this to be an option, you must have enough bone remaining in your jaw at the site of the tooth that is being replaced. The bone tissue around missing teeth decreases once the tooth is gone. For those who have teeth that have been missing for a long time, this can be a problem. When this happens, there are additional steps we can take, including bone grafts, to build up the tissue for the implant.
How Many Implants?
A common question is “how many implants must I have to repair my teeth?” A dental implant can be used to replace one missing tooth, while several implants provide a more stable base for a full denture. The number of implants required will depend totally upon the treatment that will provide you with the best solution for your situation.
We look forward to answering all your questions about dental implants. Call today to schedule a consultation so we can evaluate your needs and discuss a variety of solutions and treatments that will bring you to optimum oral health. We proudly serve Brunswick, Georgia, and the surrounding area.