Replace a single tooth or a full mouth of teeth with quality dental implants in Cleveland, OH
Today’s dental patients are fortunate to have so many options to replace missing teeth. Formerly, gaps in the smile were filled with conventional bridges and removable dentures. Traditional bridges are supported by neighboring teeth. To ensure adequate support, these abutment teeth are reduced in size and crowned. In other words, otherwise healthy tooth structure is removed.
Removable dentures require “upkeep,” such as frequent cleaning and soaking. Lower dentures must often be held in place with products such as denture adhesives. Implants at the office of Dr. Tony Lu of Downtown Dental Service in Cleveland, OH avoid the hassle and drawbacks associated with earlier-generation tooth replacement options.
Replace a single tooth
Instead of a conventional dental bridge, you may choose to have a cylindrical implant placed in the jawbone instead. The process itself is straightforward, safe, and well-tolerated. Made from a biocompatible material, the implant joins to the surrounding bone. So, it becomes a part of your jaw. Eventually, the replacement tooth is connected to the implant with a connector piece (abutment). In turn, the implant functions to “root” the new tooth securely in place. Since the underlying bone still gets stimulation from the overlying teeth, the jaw remains strong. Destructive bone loss is avoided, as is the natural shifting of neighboring teeth, which tend to slide toward the gap in your smile.
Replace several teeth
Not all patients who need to replace some teeth are candidates for conventional bridges. These bridge systems require that a portion of healthy, neighboring teeth be present to support the replacement teeth (pontics). Additionally, in those cases, patients may only be appropriate candidates for traditional removable partial dentures. The replacement teeth sit on a metal framework, which connects to any remaining teeth. This option requires the same type of upkeep as removable complete dentures. It also does not replicate the stimulation or forces that are necessary to keep the bone strong and to prevent bone resorption. Instead of connecting to neighboring teeth in some way, implant-retained bridges are held in place by implants in the jaw. The teeth are secure. They are designed and function like healthy, natural teeth.
Rebuild your entire smile
Patients avoid the maintenance, slippage, and consistent relining, rebasing, and repair that is associated with some conventional, removable complete denture systems. Implant-supported dentures are made from quality, natural-looking, and durable materials. They are color-matched to replicate gum tissue and teeth. These advanced dentures sit on a strong framework, which attaches to strategically placed implants in the jaw. A minimal number of implants, well-placed, can support a maximum number of teeth. This helps to minimize costs and time in the treatment chair. Patients also appreciate that these teeth are built to last and avoid the devastating consequences of bone loss by keeping the jaw strong and healthy!
Schedule your free dental implants consultation with Dr. Lu today.