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Achieving a fully functional and beautiful smile is easier than you may think, thanks to dental implants. Advances in technology and dental care have made it possible to replace anywhere from a single tooth to a full arch using implants. The surgeons at MOSAIC can develop a customized treatment plan to fit your unique needs and leave you with a full and healthy smile.
Replacement Options Using Dental Implants
Single Tooth Replacement
A single missing tooth, or non-consecutive missing teeth, can create frustrating gaps in your smile. It also gives adjacent teeth the opportunity to shift out of place, which can affect the alignment of your teeth and your bite. A dental implant can be used to replace each missing tooth and hold a replacement crown in place that seamlessly fills any gaps and is custom designed to match the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth.
Multiple Tooth Replacement
Two to five consecutive missing teeth can also be replaced using dental implants. A single implant can be positioned to hold a prosthetic with two crowns, or for larger gaps, dental implants can be placed at each end to hold a fixed bridge that can replace up to five missing teeth in a row.
A partial denture is another option that can be used to replace multiple non-consecutive missing teeth. Rather than replacing every single tooth with a dental implant, implants are used to affix a prosthetic that holds multiple teeth and fits around your natural teeth to close gaps.
Full Arch Replacement
Our surgeons can also use dental implants if you need to have a full arch of teeth replaced. There are times when your natural teeth cannot be effectively preserved or repaired, and extraction is the best option. Or, you may already have multiple teeth that have fallen out on their own. All-on-4® dental implants use as few as four implants to hold an entire arch of teeth to restore the function and aesthetics of your mouth.
Why Choose Dental Implants Over Other Tooth Replacement Options?
A major advantage of dental implants over other options is that implants serve as a substitute tooth root. The implant naturally fuses with your jawbone and stimulates the bone to prevent bone loss. This can provide your jaw with greater stability and preserve facial structure. Traditional bridges and dentures rest on top of the gums and do not provide the same stimulation to the bone.
Another advantage is that dental implants do not rely on other teeth for support or stability, like bridges or partial dentures. Dental implants help preserve the integrity of adjacent teeth while replacing any missing or unsalvageable teeth. Only unhealthy teeth need to be removed to place dental implants leaving the rest of your natural teeth fully intact and in place.
Dental implants can also last for decades or even the rest of your life without needing to be replaced if properly cared for. You may need to have the dental prosthetic attached to the implant replaced every few years, but the titanium posts are strong and durable and can withstand your full bite force.
You can also feel confident that your replacement crown, bridge, or denture will stay securely in place while you eat, drink, talk, and laugh when it is attached to a dental implant. The implant is anchored to your jaw, so your prosthetic will not shift or move around, and it does not need to be removed for cleaning or while sleeping. You care for your dental implants just like natural teeth with daily brushing and flossing as well as regular dental exams.
Restore Your Smile at MOSAIC
You do not have to settle for having gaps in your teeth and adjusting what you eat to accommodate them. Learn whether dental implants may be a good fit for you and restore the function and appearance of your smile.