When tooth loss occurs, it presents some major challenges. Beyond appearance, the immediate concern is that simple tasks like chewing and speaking will become very difficult. Over time, tooth loss can lead to even more serious issues. These can include bite imbalances, unwanted tooth shifts, facial structure loss and jawbone deterioration. For these reasons, missing teeth should be replaced as soon as possible. One of the most effective ways to do this is through the use of dental implants.
Dental implants consist of surgically inserted structures that act as prosthetic tooth roots and support replacement teeth. They are built from medical-grade titanium, and they can support a single tooth or multiple teeth. Since they are surgically inserted into the jawbone, they provide superior support when compared with other teeth-replacement options. Dental implants also function in the same manner as natural tooth roots, which helps them to feel incredibly natural. Over time, the titanium metal will actually begin to fuse with the jawbone in order to provide even stronger support for the new teeth. These factors all make dental implants the best option for those suffering from tooth loss.
Fairfield Smiles offers All-on-4 Implants, Endosteal implants and Teeth-in-a-Day Implants.
All-on-4 implants are used when an entire row of top and/or bottom teeth need to be replaced. With All-on-4 implants, it is not necessary to install a dental implant for each replacement tooth. Instead, our experts can use just four strategically placed implants to support the entire new row. Since fewer implants are installed, the procedure is less intensive, and recovery times are reduced. Afterward, the new replacements will be kept securely in place, and they will look and function just like natural teeth.
Endosteal implants are the most commonly used type of dental implant. These implants consist of two main parts. The first portion is a titanium screw foundation that is surgically inserted into the jawbone. Attached to this is a supporting post that keeps the replacement tooth or teeth in place. What makes this type of implant unique is that it can be used to support a single new tooth or multiple new teeth. Because of the support and strength provided, endosteal implants do an excellent job of keeping prosthetic teeth steady at all times.
Thanks to Teeth-in-a-Day implants, it is possible for a patient to receive dental implants and replacement teeth in just one visit. These implants are installed using an advanced technique that minimizes recovery time. By doing this, the patient will not need to wait out a potentially lengthy recovery period to have their new implants installed. After the implants have been secured, the patient will immediately be fitted with a temporary set of replacement teeth. The patient will use this temporary restoration while a dental laboratory constructs a customized set of prosthetic replacement teeth. Once the permanent restoration is ready, the patient will return for a follow-up visit to have their new teeth fitted and secured.
If you are suffering from tooth loss, do not wait to seek out replacement options. The sooner you visit Fairfield Smiles, the easier it will be to provide a proper replacement. Our experts will help you determine the optimal dental implant option for your needs. Please call us at 203-423-3833 to schedule an appointment.