Which Teeth Can Be Replaced With Dental Implants?

19 Aug 2019 by  admin in Dental Implants Resources

Losing one or more teeth can have a significant effect on your ability to smile, eat, and speak with confidence. In the past, the only solution for replacing lost teeth was wearing a bridge or dentures. Thanks to major advancements in dental implantology, people of all ages can restore their smiles with a more permanent and convenient restoration.

Which teeth can be restored with dental implants?

You can have any number of teeth replaced with dental implants, whether it’s a single front tooth or several molars in the back of your mouth. In effect, you can have any tooth or teeth restored with implants as long as the underlying jawbone is healthy enough.

If you have gone years with missing teeth, it is not unusual for the jawbone to atrophy, which can limit the success rate of a dental implant.  However, there are multiple techniques that can be utilized to provide a strong and stable foundation for implant-supported teeth.

Depending on the situation, your dentist might recommend:

  • Bone grafting – this procedure helps to augment and regenerate the bone in your jaw where the implants will be placed. The bone graft takes about three months to generate new bone tissue.
  • Sinus augmentation – also known as a sinus lift, this procedure replaces bone tissue below the sinus cavity, where bone has atrophied due to missing upper molars.
  • Ridge expansion – In cases where the jaw is too narrow to support implants, bone grafting material is added to create more space along the top of your jaw.

Single and multiple tooth replacement solutions

Once your jawbone is deemed healthy enough to anchor an implant, you will be ready to have a functional and aesthetically-pleasing replica of your natural teeth. Implants act as artificial tooth roots upon which Dr. Elliot or Dr. Nick can build a custom-crown.

If you have a number of lost teeth that are next to each other, you can have single implants to replace each tooth, or the implants can be used to anchor an appliance, such as a partial denture or a bridge. Implants are versatile and are an effective treatment option for many circumstances, whether you need an entire arch replaced or just a couple of teeth.

The titanium posts of the implants need time to integrate with the bone to form a stable foundation. This period usually takes several months. In the meantime, you will be fitted with a temporary crown or restoration.

Advantages of dental implants

Implants are not susceptible to cavities, and as long as you brush and floss daily and maintain regular dental check-ups and cleanings, they can last you for 25+ years. Perhaps more importantly, implants will prevent further jawbone deterioration, and maintain the structural integrity of your face. Implants look and feel most like your natural teeth, giving you the freedom to smile, laugh and enjoy the foods you love. Because implants are permanent, you never have to deal with messy adhesives or slipping dentures again.

Restore your smile in Suffolk County

Contact Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule a free dental implant consultation. You’ll be surprised just how affordable a new, beautiful smile can be! Reach out to our Rocky Point office today by calling 631.296.0588.

Additional Resources:

  1. AAID, Types of implants and techniques https://www.aaid-implant.org/dental-implants/types-of-implants-and-techniques/
  2. Perio.org, Single tooth dental implants https://www.perio.org/consumer/single-tooth-implant
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