Single Tooth and Multi Tooth Replacement
When you are missing a single tooth or multiple teeth, you left to decide your next course of action with that space. One excellent option is dental implants. Porcelain implants are the closest thing modern dentistry has come to giving you a new tooth. It looks so much like a real tooth that you may forget that you have an implant. You can have one or multiple implants in your mouth. The confidence you gain from an undetectable implant is nothing short of astounding.
Dental implants are the most durable alternative when your natural tooth or teeth have been lost. The titanium implant fuses with the bone that held the original tooth. This is important because using alternative methods of replacing teeth, like dentures, the bone begins to deteriorate. This deterioration lessens the size of your bite and can ultimately lead to wrinkles around your mouth.
Another value that implants have is that if you take care of the surrounding teeth and gums, they can last a lifetime. With dentures, you are looking at a 5-7-yearperiod of durability. Bridges last a little longer at 7-10 years, but neither method compares to the longevity you can get out of implants. When you are seeking a long-term solution to tooth loss, the implants are your best course of action.
Just like regular teeth, you must care for implants equally well. Flossing and brushing,in addition to regular visits to the dentist,are imperative to keep the teeth and gums healthy. Any deviation from this can affect the longevity of your new implants. Even with implants, smoking does promote gum disease, so we strongly urge you to not smoke before and after implants.
Our patients report an overall improvement in their quality of life after implants. They see health benefits because their food options increase with the implants. They don’t have to steer clear of corn on the cob or steak any longer. The mental health of our patients also improves. They are more confident and their level of comfort with their mouths improves. They can speak clearly and confidently with no missing teeth. They don’t have to hide their smiles anymore. There are several types of implants we provide at Lincoln Park Smiles. We have detailed those below. If you have additional questions, please contact us.
Single tooth implants leave no impact on the surrounding teeth. It is simply one prosthetic tooth that we insert to replace a missing tooth or one that we remove. By choosing a single implant as your next course of action, you are also choosing to preserve the teeth around the implant. An alternative method like a bridge requires us to grind down the surrounding teeth to anchor in the new tooth between them. That leaves 2 formerly healthy teeth susceptible to infection or decay. The single tooth implant will not stand out or be noticeable to you or others. We color match very precisely and insert the tooth so that it looks as if your original tooth is there.
Another option that might be ideal for your situation is multiple implants. If the gums are healthy, we can move forward with multiple implants. This is, as it sounds when you want to replace more than one tooth in your mouth but not a full mouth of implants. Perhaps you have 3 teeth all in a row that need replacement. Some patients may consider a bridge in this case, but again a bridge will weaken the surrounding teeth. Going with multiple implants maintains the integrity of the surrounding teeth and gives you the best alternative to natural teeth. They are strong, they fuse with the bone, they look fantastic and make you feel even better.
If you need us to replace a full mouth of teeth, the doctors at Lincoln Park Smiles can help with that as well! For this procedure, we place four titanium implants along the lower and/or upper jaw. Then we can attach a full row of teeth that look and feel just like your natural teeth. These are attached permanently or may be removable like dentures but attach to snaps on the gums. There is also a method of putting individual implants in place of each missing tooth. This can be rather costly but is the most similar to a full mouth of new real teeth that we can come to.
Not everyone qualifies for dental implants. You must be in good overall health. But that doesn’t mean just because you smoke, have gum disease, or lack bone density you are disqualified. Call us at Lincoln Park Smiles, and we would be happy to discuss your options and answer any questions you may have.
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