Welcome back to the blog! This week, we are taking some time to talk about the current most popular treatment for patients who are suffering from missing teeth. We are talking about dental implants, of course. Our patients have become enamored with this treatment on account of its ability to provide beautiful replacement teeth that function and feel just like natural teeth. In fact, once implants are in place, few patients are even able to tell them apart from their real teeth. That said, many people are unclear of what kinds of treatments can be provided using implants. So, to clear things up, Dr. Mark Tall is blogging today from his Idaho Falls, ID area office to detail some of the treatments we can provide patients using dental implants.
A Treatment that Fits Your Needs
Whether you are missing a single tooth or a full arch of teeth, we have a solution using dental implants that can fit your needs. Some of these treatments include:
Single Tooth Restorations
If you are suffering from a single missing tooth, then we will perform a restoration using a single implant fixture. During the implant surgery, this implant fixture will be placed in the empty spot in your jawbone left behind by your missing tooth. As the fixture heals, a process called osseointegration occurs, which works to fuse the implant fixture to your jawbone, convincing your body that your implant is no different from any one of your natural teeth. Once this process is complete, an abutment will be attached to the implant fixture and a dental crown connected, completing the restoration.
Multiple Teeth Restorations
If you are suffering from multiple missing teeth, restoring each one with its own implant fixture and dental crown may be the best option for your needs. However, if your missing teeth border each other, then you may be better served by an implant-supported dental bridge. For this procedure, at least two implant fixtures are placed, which will be used to support the final left and right crowns. Once these fixtures have healed, an abutment will be attached to each fixture and the dental bridge connected, completing the restoration.
Full Arch Restorations
If you are suffering from a full arch of missing teeth, you may still be able to restore each and every tooth with its own implant fixture and crown. However, this can be rough on your jawbone, and you may be better served by an implant-supported overdenture. For this procedure, four to six implant fixtures are placed along your arch. Once healed, an abutment is attached to each one and the overdenture connected, completing the restoration.
Call and Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Tall
As you can see, dental implants can provide a treatment that fits your needs, regardless of how many teeth you may be missing or what kind of budget you may have. If you would like to learn more about dental implants or find out which treatment might be best for your unique needs, contact our office today and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Mark Tall. We look forward to hearing from you soon!