Dental implants can be a versatile and realistic solution for tooth replacement. Whether you are missing one tooth, several teeth, or even all of your teeth, dental implants may be the right choice to restore your smile. Not all individuals with tooth loss are good candidates for this procedure, however, so it is important to undergo a thorough dental evaluation by an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist like Dr. Bryan Horak to determine if implant dentistry is the best choice for you.
Tooth Replacement with Implant Dentistry
There are a few different options available for replacing a tooth or teeth with dental implants:
- Individual Dental Implant with Crown – A single dental implant with a crown can be a natural-looking and effective solution for replacing a missing tooth. The implant is inserted into the jawbone directly beneath the area of the missing tooth and topped with a custom crafted porcelain crown.
- Implant Secured Bridges – Implant secured bridges can be a great option for replacing several adjacent missing teeth. Using one or multiple dental implants, a custom porcelain bridge can be fixed into place.
- Implant Secured Dentures – Dentures can be secured with multiple implants to provide a stable and functional solution for patients missing all of their upper and/or lower teeth. This can be a great alternative for individuals who have slippage issues with traditional removable dentures.
Upon evaluation, Dr. Horak can inform you of the best dental implant options for restoring the appearance and function of your smile.
Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Good candidates for dental implants must have a sufficient amount of healthy jawbone density and adequate gum health to give the implants the best possible chance for success. For ideal results, implants must be able to heal and fuse with the supporting jaw bone, providing long lasting stability to whichever restorations are placed. In some cases, reconstructive bone building procedures and periodontal treatments may enable patients who fall short of the aforementioned requirements for candidacy to become eligible for the procedure.
For more information about dental implants and other options for tooth replacement, please contact Dr. Thomas J. Horak and schedule a consultation.