In the event that a patient is missing a tooth, it is a high priority to replace the missing tooth with an appropriate substitute. Besides having an incomplete smile, gaps that are left unfilled can lead to several issues, including:
For those with one tooth missing, single implants are the best tooth replacement option. A titanium rod is used as a substitute for the natural structure of the tooth. Why titanium? It is a non-allergenic and biocompatible metal. This means that it can work effectively for all patients and the body won’t fight against it as if it is a foreign body. When fused with the jawbone, the strength is very similar to that of a natural tooth, and it can help fight against the issues that a missing tooth can produce.
When several teeth or all of the teeth on an arch are missing, dental implants can also help. A partial denture or full denture can also be affixed to the implants for a more secure fit that gives the wearer more confidence. Dentures traditionally are kept in place via suction or with adhesives, which can cause discomfort and lead to gum issues. These type of appliance are often referred to as all-on-4 dental implants, but the amount of implants needed is very different for each patient, so we like to refer to them as all-on-x dental implants.
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