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What Types of Restorations Can Dental Implants Support?
Millions of Americans are choosing dental implants to support their dental restorations. The American College of Prosthodontics says that prosthodontic labs make about 2.3 million implant-supported crowns every year. Although a single crown restoration remains the most common type of implant-supported procedure, dental implants are becoming a go-to option for replacing multiple teeth as well.
Many things can create a need for replacing multiple teeth. Family genetics, poor oral health care, trauma or disease processes can all result in the loss of more than one tooth. Traditionally, dentists have offered basic replacement options of bridges or dentures. While traditional options are still available, new techniques use dental implants to make implant-supported restorations a better choice.
A dental bridge closes the gap left when two or more adjacent teeth are lost. The traditional method for creating a bridge involves natural teeth on either side of the gap. The dentist will make porcelain or ceramic crowns for the adjacent teeth and attach them to the false tooth (pontic tooth). They then fit and cement the crown onto the abutment teeth and bridge the gap created by tooth loss.
Implant-supported bridges resemble traditional bridges in some ways, but they work very differently. The dentist does not use existing teeth to anchor the bridge. Instead, they put dental implants in the gap area. When the implants are completely fused to the jawbone, the dentist places crowns attached to pontics onto the implants. Want to know the best part? Implant-supported bridges are superior to traditional bridges. The dentist does not have to damage any natural teeth by removing their enamel. Also, the implant fuses to the jawbone, which makes the bridge a permanent placement. It will not need replacement like a traditional bridge.
Traditional dentures replace all the natural teeth in a patient’s mouth. A number of problems come along with the use of traditional dentures.
Problems with traditional dentures:
- Soft tissue (gum) irritation and damage
- Bone resorption continues
- High maintenance (need relining or replacement every eight to ten years)
Dental implants provide a fantastic option for tooth replacement. Replacing all 32 teeth with implants, though, represents a colossal cost in time as well as in money. That is why prosthodontists have developed a solution. They have combined traditional denture theory with dental implants. The result? Dentists now offer implant-supported denture devices. The most common of these options is known as the All-On-4. Prosthodontists place a limited number of dental implants and attach dentures to them. This process eliminates the damage to soft gum tissue because the device does not rest on the gums. It also slows or halts the bone resorption problem because the implants act as artificial tooth roots and stimulate bone growth rather than resorption.
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If you have a missing tooth or missing teeth, you can definitely benefit from implant-supported restorations. “Bridging the gap” has never been easier, thanks to dental implants. So, what are you waiting for? Contact us today!
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