Did you know that, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 15 million Americans have crown and bridge replacements for missing teeth and 3 million Americans have dental implants? With more innovative implant dentistry techniques than ever before and top-quality product options, many individuals who have lost a tooth or teeth are seeking dental implants. Learn which type of dental implants may be the best option for you and how to best care for them to achieve lasting results.
Which Kind of Dental Implant Works Best for Your Restorative Needs?
At Hospital Dental Group (HDG), Dr. Anatoliy Ravin routinely recommends implant dentistry options for patients in need of restoration for a missing tooth or teeth. To ensure that patients are accommodated with the perfect dental implant, Dr. Ravin assesses factors including:
- Regularity and type of home care oral hygiene habits
- How much maintenance a patient prefers
- Which type of dental implant is most cosmetically and functionally appropriate for the specific needs of an individual
The type of dental implant Dr. Ravin recommends is also based on the particular circumstances of patients. For example, when one tooth is missing, generally a single implant is the most appropriate restorative option. For several missing teeth, however, Dr. Ravin may suggest:
- Double Implants and a Bridge
- Double implants are supported by the natural teeth, but in order to do this procedure, the gums must be healthy and strong with enough bone integrity to hold the implants in place.
- Implants with Locators
- Also referred to as overdentures, partial dentures or removable dentures, implants with locators describe a dental implant design that allows the recipient to snap dental implants in and out of the mouth utilizing “locators.”
- Relining Dentures
- Over time dentures can become warped and lose their shape, especially if exposed to heat. A denture relining can help reshape the underside of dentures.
- Complete Reconstruction
- If someone has experienced widespread, severe tooth decay, a complete reconstruction can often be the most cost-effective and proactive option, and the approach will vary based on the specific needs and comfort of the patient.
- Fixed Bridges/Hybrid Prosthesis
- Unlike removable dental implants, fixed bridges are a permanent solution for missing teeth, bonded to the natural bone structure.
Again, the type of implant recommended to a patient will depend greatly upon the overall condition of the surrounding teeth and gums. Certain options may not be available to individuals with severe tooth decay and loss of bone. Ultimately, a consultation with Dr. Ravin will determine the best (literal) fit when it comes to a dental implant to replace missing teeth.
It’s important to know that, no matter what, the friendly, professional and skilled HDG team is dedicated to helping you find a solution to help restore your dental health, comfort and confidence.
Getting the Most From Dental Implants
Many dental implant options are made to last, fit comfortably and resemble the look and feel of natural teeth. There are steps you can take at home to ensure that you get the most use and best comfort from your implants. Here are a few applicable dental implant care initiatives you can do to achieve the most longevity possible:
- Use products with the ADA seal designed for dental implants
- Avoid abrasive dental hygiene products and practices to avoid scratching and deteriorating the implant
- Utilize interdental cleaners regularly, or better yet, oral irrigators (such as the Waterpik Water Flosser)
It’s also important to continue to follow the guidance of Dr. Ravin and maintain six month dental checkups and cleanings to ensure the best possible oral hygiene.
To learn more about HDG implant dentistry procedures or to schedule a consultation, contact us now at 860-524-5194.