There are many reasons that our patients have lost one or even all of their permanent teeth. Tooth loss in adulthood can be caused by sports accidents, vehicle accidents, medications, sickness or disease, or tooth decay. While the reasons for tooth loss can be diverse, one thing remains in common: losing a permanent tooth can cause you to become self-conscious about your smile. It may also affect your ability to maintain the same diet.
We make it our goal to make sure that patients get the smile they deserve and that they can have great oral health. That is why we offer many different approaches to replacing lost permanent teeth, but there is one method that stands out above the rest for most of our patients. Dental implants offer a great natural look and feel while surpassing other options for their function, stability, and simple care practices. In addition, implants can help you rebuild lost bone in your jaw, helping to keep you’re the neighboring teeth in place.
Dental implants at the simplest term are pieces of dental hardware that replace a missing tooth or teeth. An implant is composed of two different parts, a titanium post, and the crown that is attached to the top of the post. The titanium post is inserted beneath the gums and into the bone. This portion of your implant is given a special coating that helps to rapidly regrow new bone around, and into the implant itself.
The crown is the part of the implant that looks and functions like your natural tooth. In fact, the crown is specifically designed to fit in the space between other teeth perfectly. It is also given the same color as your neighboring teeth so only our dental staff will know that you had work done. We promise that your secret is safe with us!
If you are only missing a single tooth, the most common option is to use a single implant. This means that only one titanium post is installed where the roots of the teeth were previously, and a crown is placed in the gap left by the missing tooth.
If you are missing more than one tooth, there are a few different options that you have at your disposal. The first option is simply placing an implant for each missing tooth. This works just like the single implant but is repeated for each tooth. If the patient has the appropriate bone structure and dental health, our office can even replace all of your teeth using this approach.
If patients are just missing a few teeth, an implant-supported bridge may be an option. This method uses one or two titanium posts and then attaches a specialized crown to the top of the implant(s). While this crown will look like multiple teeth, it is actually just one solid crown that is all attached. This approach increases the stability and function of your dental implant.
The All-on-4 approach is a great procedure that can be used for patients that are missing an entire arch of teeth (all of the teeth on the top or bottom portions of the mouth). This process utilizes four strategically placed titanium posts into the bone. Your mouth is then fitted with a single crown that looks very similar to dentures. However, it is attached to the four posts and holds securely in place. This means that you don’t have to use messy adhesives or remove it regularly.
If you are considering replacing one or more of your teeth, call Sharma Dental Center in Dublin, CA today. Our friendly and professional staff can schedule you for a consultation and make sure that we find the right approach to fit your needs (925) 833-620.