Which Dental Implants Are Right For Me?

November 26, 2019


If you are looking at your tooth replacement options, it can be overwhelming to find out what type of dental work is an option for you. It can be even more difficult to figure out which approach is the best for you! At Relaxation Dental Specialties, we offer our patients exceptional care, and we want to make sure that you end up with the look and feel that you envision. Call today to schedule your initial consultation.

 
 

Understanding Tooth Replacement Options

There are a variety of different options available to you when it comes to replacing your permanent teeth. You have probably heard of dentures, removable false teeth that help you get through the day with the appearance of having all of your natural teeth. Many patients find that dentures are not as comfortable as they imagined, or that they worry about them slipping out of place during an inopportune moment.

If you need just to replace a single tooth, you may have considered bridges with a crown. This dental appliance utilizes a false tooth that is suspended between your existing natural teeth. It can give the appearance and function of your normal smile. The false tooth is held right at the gum line, but there is no underlying root structure that anchors into the bone. This can lead to further bone loss in a process called resorption. As the bone is resorbed or removed, the neighboring teeth tend to shift or twist, and they can even become loose and fall out.

Dental implants simply offer the best permanent tooth replacement that is on the market today. There are a variety of different types of dental implants, so you can be a candidate for implants if you are looking to replace one or all of your teeth.

 
 

What are Implants? 

Dental implants are designed in two different pieces. The first is a titanium post that looks like a very small screw. This special post is coated with a material that promotes bone growth and has microscopic holes that allow new bone to anchor the post in place. The post is inserted beneath your gums and is placed directly into the bone. These posts mimic the natural root structure of your teeth and can not only stop the process of resorption but even reverse it.

Once the post has been allowed to heal in place, the top of the dental implant, or the dental crown, is installed on top of the post. This crown is securely attached to the post and gains all of the benefits of the post's bone attachment. This means that your dental implants won't slip or fall out.

 
 

Types of Implants

There are a few different types of dental implants, and one of these options is likely perfect for you.
 

Single Implants – Single dental implants utilize a single post and crown for replacing a missing tooth. At Relaxation Dental Specialties, we can replace a single tooth, or all of your teeth using this approach.

 

All-On-4 – This strategic approach places four posts on the upper or lower arch of the mouth. A special attachment that looks very similar to a denture is then securely attached to the top of these four posts.

 

Subperiosteal Implants – The previous implant types are designed to be anchored directly into the bone. However, if patients do not have enough bone mass, a subperiosteal implant may be right for them. These implants are inserted below the gums but then sit on top of the underlying bone. Once the gums have healed, the implant crown can be placed on top of the protruding post.

 
 

Overview

There are a variety of different dental implants, and identifying the right one can be difficult to do at home. Contact Relaxation Dental Specialties in Breckenridge, Salida CO today to schedule your appointment and see the difference we can make!