Dental implants have changed restorative dentistry, offering a more realistic and functional option for replacing missing teeth. Restoring your smile with dental implants offers various options, each designed to address specific dental needs and provide long-lasting solutions for missing teeth or damaged dental structures. Here are four common dental implant options that we offer at Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates in Marietta, GA.
1. Single Implants
Single dental implants are a popular choice for replacing individual missing teeth. They consist of a titanium post surgically implanted into the jawbone, mimicking the natural tooth root. Once the implant integrates with the bone (osseointegration), a custom-made crown is placed on top, creating a functional and aesthetically pleasing replacement tooth. Single implants offer stability, durability and the ability to restore a single tooth without affecting adjacent teeth.
2. Implant-Supported Bridges
Implant-supported bridges are an ideal solution for replacing multiple adjacent missing teeth without relying on natural teeth for support. This option involves placing two or more dental implants in the jawbone to support a dental bridge. The bridge, consisting of multiple artificial teeth, is secured onto the implants, providing a stable and permanent restoration. Implant-supported bridges effectively restore functionality, aesthetics and prevent bone loss in the jaw.
3. Implant-Supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures offer a significant improvement over traditional removable dentures by providing increased stability and functionality. This option involves placing several dental implants (typically four to six) strategically in the jawbone to anchor a full set of dentures. The dentures snap onto or are fixed onto the implants, eliminating the need for adhesives and preventing slipping or discomfort associated with traditional dentures. Implant-supported dentures enhance chewing efficiency, speech and overall comfort, providing a more natural feel and appearance.
4. All-on-4 Dental Implants
The All-on-4 dental implant technique is a revolutionary approach for individuals who require full arch restoration for both upper and lower teeth. This method utilizes only four dental implants strategically placed in each arch to support a full set of fixed teeth. The implants are angled to maximize contact with available bone, often eliminating the need for bone grafting in certain cases. All-on-4 implants offer immediate functionality, allowing patients to leave with a temporary set of teeth on the same day as the implant placement. This technique provides a stable, permanent solution that closely resembles natural teeth, improving oral function and aesthetics significantly.
Choosing the most suitable dental implant option depends on various factors such as the number of missing teeth, jawbone health, overall oral health, budget and patient preferences. A thorough evaluation by our dentist or oral surgeon is essential to determine the most appropriate treatment plan tailored to individual needs. If you want to explore whether dental implants are right for you, contact our team at Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates. Call our dental center in Marietta, GA, to schedule your dental implant consultation.