Many of our patients come to Mansfield Dental Implant struggling with the health of their permanent teeth. While permanent teeth are designed to last from childhood throughout the remainder of our lives, there are many reasons that we might prematurely lose permanent teeth. In the past, there have been two options, dentures or to live without teeth. Fortunately, modern dental science has drastically improved. Even dentures are comfortable and functional for many people.
However, dentists regularly suggest one option to replace permanent teeth more than any other. Dental implants are surgically implanted devices that help to restore the look and function of our natural teeth. It can also help to improve the underlying bone structure in your mouth. There are also several different types of dental implants, so whether you need a single tooth or complete mouth replacement, there is an implant option that is right for you.
It helps to understand the basic premise of dental implants so that you can understand the variation between all of the different approaches. Dental implants are made of two different parts, the surgically implanted titanium post, and the crown that looks and feels like your natural tooth. The titanium post looks like a small screw and is inserted underneath the gums into the bone. It has a special coating that helps to promote new bone growth and microscopic holes that allow the bone to attach and anchor the device. Once the post has healed, the personalized crown is attached to the top and secured.
Single implants are used to replace anywhere from one to all of your teeth. This approach simply uses one post and one crown to replace each missing tooth. Single implants offer one of the best solutions to help restore the strength of the underlying bone and keep your mouth in top condition. If you have the underlying bone density already, this is the first choice of dentists to replace a single tooth, or teeth missing in different parts of the mouth.
This approach to dental implants is used to replace an entire arch of teeth (an arch is the entire top or bottom row). This uses four strategically placed posts that are inserted into the bone. Then a special crown is made that is composed of one piece of material. It looks similar to an upper or lower denture. The crown is then specifically fitted to these four points and offers superior fit and security overdentures, so you don’t have to worry about using any messy adhesives or cleaners.
Similar to the All on 4 approach, implant-supported dentures place two or more implants, and then the crown is fitted to these implants. Implant-supported dentures can be used when patients have varying levels of bone density and can be combined when patients also need to have a bone graft to help support the new implants. The determination between the All on 4 approach and Implant Supported Dentures should be made while working with your dentist to understand which one will give you the most benefit.
Another option that we offer at Mansfield Dental Implant is the mini dental implant. This device is usually used on the lower jaw to help secure dentures to the jaw. As the name suggests, mini dental implants are smaller than tradition implants, and rather than attaching a crown to the end; there are two small metal balls. Your lower dentures are designed to be attached to these dentures but removed at night. This system helps to hold your dentures in place throughout the day without having to worry about slipping.
Mansfield Dental Implant offers a variety of dental implant services. If you are considering options to replace your missing teeth, call to schedule an appointment today!