In the last three decades, dental implants have improved the lives of people living with missing teeth. They are intended to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Dental implants allow you to speak, laugh, and smile with confidence. At Summit Dental in Huntsville, Alabama 35806, we have the expertise to provide single or multiple dental implants, associated bone grafting, and reconstructive therapies. We will help you regain your lost oral functions and smile aesthetics.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium root replacements surgically placed into the jawbone socket of a missing tooth. They serve as tooth root substitutes. The titanium root bonds with the underlying jawbone bonds, creating a solid foundation for prosthetic teeth. Once the implants have bonded, small posts called abutments are attached to the implants, which provide stable anchors for the replacement teeth. Implants also help preserve facial outline, preventing jawbone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
Types of Dental Implants
The dental implant restoration you can receive will depend on your unique oral needs. Dental implants can be employed to replace single or multiple missing teeth. Our dentist, Dr. Courtney Murray, can recommend the ideal solution to help you achieve the best possible results.
Single Tooth Implants
A dental implant is an appropriate solution for restoring a single missing tooth. The restoration acts like your natural tooth since it replaces the missing tooth in its entirety from the root to the crown. Once the artificial tooth is designed and placed onto the implant, you will have a permanent tooth replacement that effortlessly blends into the rest of your smile.
If you want multiple missing teeth in a row to be replaced, an implant-supported bridge could be the ideal solution. The bridge implant therapy involves two implant posts secured at both ends of the gap of missing teeth, acting as anchors. A row of artificial teeth will be fastened to one another, and the teeth at both ends will be fixed onto the implant posts to hold them in position. This is an excellent alternative to replacing multiple adjoining missing teeth without positioning an individual implant for every tooth.
An implant-retained denture is a suitable replacement solution when you miss a significant number of teeth. They eliminate the discomfort and inconveniences of conventional dentures since they are secured to strategically-placed dental implants in your jawbone. Implant-retained dentures are a solid option for patients seeking a more permanent solution to traditional dentures.
Dental Implants Aftercare
There are no extra efforts required to maintain your dental implants other than regular brushing, flossing, and teeth cleanings. With efficient oral hygiene practices, dental implants can last your lifetime.
To learn more about our dental implant restorations, visit the Summit Dental office at 1658 Old Monrovia Road Suite 102, Huntsville, Alabama 35806. You can also reach us at (256) 251-2899 and schedule an appointment.