Patients who are missing teeth can find a permanent and highly effective tooth replacement solution with dental implants. This treatment can restore oral functions and enhance the appearance of your smile.
There are several types of implants that can suit your unique restorative dental needs. Dr. Joseph Thompson, a dentist in Greeley, CO, describes three types of dental implants to help you determine which can work best for you.
Single Dental Implants
A dental implant consists of a titanium post that is surgically placed into the jaw. Once this heals, your dentist will use bonding to secure a prosthetic tooth or crown to an abutment at the gum line which attaches to the post.
Patients who are missing one tooth can benefit from this single dental implant. This treatment fills gaps where a tooth has been lost, restoring the appearance of your smile. Implants will also allow you to eat and speak normally so you can continue your regular routine without interruption.
Dental Implant-Supported Bridges
Patients missing several teeth in a row may find effective treatment with dental implant-supported bridges. This structure uses two titanium posts: one on each end of a bridge prosthetic.
The implant-supported bridge can be a permanent tooth replacement solution, but for best results, you should continue to practice good oral hygiene. A clean and healthy mouth can provide the optimal foundation to support your dental implants and reduce the chance of damage to your remaining teeth.
All-on-Four Dental Implants
All-on-Four dental implants use four titanium posts to secure a prosthetic that replaces a full arch of teeth. Many patients will get these implants on both the top and bottom row of teeth.
Full dentures can also replace a full arch of teeth, but they do not address the issue of jawbone deterioration that occurs due to missing teeth. Dental implants simulate the root of the tooth to stimulate the jawbone and stop deterioration that can happen with tooth loss. They can also encourage bone regeneration if bone has already been lost.
Dental Implants and More in Greeley, CO
Thompson Advanced Dentistry provides dental implants and other restorative dental treatments to patients in Greeley, CO. Dr. Thompson also specializes in cosmetic and general dentistry for patients of all ages. To schedule an appointment or consultation with us, contact our office online or reach us by phone at 970.205.9614.