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Choosing the Right Type of Dental Implant

Full smile make overs can rejuvenate and restore the function of your smile. Missing teeth in your smile can diminish one’s confidence and some never smile at all. With dental implants, the missing teeth are fully replaced, resulting in a full, restored smile. 

Dental Implants and Restorations

Restorations and prosthetics are attached to dental implants via an abutment. Choosing the right restoration or prosthetic is dependent on how many missing teeth you have, and how many implants you would like.

One Missing Tooth
If you are only missing one tooth, one dental implant is enough to replace it. Once implanted, the abutment is placed and left to heal. Your dentist will then take an impression of the space, as well as the surrounding teeth, to create a custom crown. All-porcelain crowns have the same sheen and feel of natural teeth, to meld naturally with the rest of your smile. 

Missing Multiple Teeth 
Traditional dental bridges utilize neighboring teeth to anchor the restoration in place; this calls for alteration of healthy teeth. Dental Implants replace the need for this alteration, and the restoration is set in place. There are various types of ways the porcelain bridge can be attached, whether its screw retained or placed directly onto the implant itself, our dentists at Lifetime Dental can provide better insight on what method is best for you. 

Missing Full Arch 
Dentures are the traditional method to replace missing teeth. They are removable, held up by adhesives, and can be uncomfortable. Tooth roots are important in the strength and the support of the jaw bone. Without them, the jaw bone can deteriorate and lead to facial collapse. Implant supported dentures can stabilize the denture and support jaw bone. 

The number of dental implants used to support the denture can be discussed by our implant specialist, Dr. Russell Thaler. Whether you’re looking for affixed denture that is only removable by the dentist, or an over denture that can be snapped on and off, there are a variety of types that can best fit your needs. 

At Lifetime Dental, we offer guided implant surgery for an efficient an accurate placement of your dental implants. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your dental implant options, and how we can enhance and restore the function and aesthetics of your smile! 


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