Missing teeth can make life more difficult for many reasons: eating, speaking, and smiling confidently can be hard or even impossible. In serious cases, infections, damaged teeth, and other oral health problems can cause pain and discomfort.
Years ago, partial or full removable dentures were the only option for people who wanted to restore their missing teeth. Today, dental implants offer patients a variety of new options that are permanent, secure, and beneficial to your overall oral health. Below are a few of the tooth replacement options we offer at Amarillo Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.
Dental Implants for Single Tooth Replacement
If you want to restore just one or a few teeth, dental implants are an excellent, permanent solution to replace your missing teeth. Dental implants consist of small titanium posts that are inserted into your jaw to replace the root of your tooth. This titanium post naturally stimulates your jaw bone, preventing the bone loss that occurs when a tooth is missing for an extended period of time. Your prosthetic tooth (crown) will be attached to this post, creating a secure, lasting hold to replace your missing tooth for years to come. Most people can’t even distinguish their dental implant from their natural teeth after the healing period is over.
Immediate Dental Implants
Immediate dental implants allow patients to speed up the tooth replacement process and receive their crowns (prosthetic teeth) within just a day or two of the initial placement procedure. Normal dental implant procedures require a healing period before the prosthetic teeth can be attached. This healing period ensures that the dental implants are secure before they undergo pressure from normal chewing forces. In some cases, however, immediate dental implants can be placed, allowing patients to receive their prosthetic teeth shortly after the initial procedure. While a soft foods diet will still be necessary to protect the dental implant while it heals, patients will be able to enjoy their new smile sooner than with other tooth restoration options.
Dental implants can also be used to support multi-tooth bridges, which can permanently and efficiently replace multiple teeth in a row. Traditional bridges require the grinding down of your remaining healthy teeth, but dental implant-supported bridges are supported by two or more dental implants, which stimulate the jaw bone and preserve your overall oral health. Dental implant-supported bridges tend to last much longer than tooth-supported bridges, which must be replaced from time to time if they break or come loose.
The 4-Hour Smile is a revolutionary method of replacing most or all of your teeth using a fixed implant-supported denture. As few as four dental implants will be used to permanently place a full upper or lower arch of teeth. Patients who undergo the 4-Hour Smile full-arch replacement procedure can enjoy the benefits of a full set of teeth without ever worrying about a denture slipping or falling out. The 4-Hour Smile is extremely efficient, and patients can leave the office with a beautiful new set of teeth after just one four-hour long procedure.
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