Tooth loss is a very serious oral health problem that does more than just damage the appearance of a person’s smile. When tooth loss occurs, everyday tasks such as chewing and speaking become difficult. Additionally, if tooth loss is left untreated, it can lead to other serious issues including jawbone deterioration, a loss of facial structure, unwanted tooth shifts and severe bite imbalances.
Some of the causes of tooth loss include severe tooth decay, advanced gum disease, TMJ disorders and injuries to the mouth. Tooth loss does not discriminate, affecting people of all ages and all walks of life. Regardless, when the condition does occur, it is important to seek treatment as early as possible.
One of the best ways to treat tooth loss is using dental implants to replace the missing teeth. Dental implants are comprised of a titanium metal framework that acts as a root and is able to support prosthetic replacement teeth. Depending on the type of dental implant, it will be able to support a crown, bridge or denture.
Since dental implants provide the same functions as natural tooth roots, patients say that their replacement teeth feel exactly the same as their original ones. Best of all, dental implants keep the patient’s new teeth secure at all times.
At All About Smiles, we provide patients with support for both endosteal implants and all-on-four implants.
An endosteal implant is a great option for patients needing to replace a single missing tooth, as well as those who have lost multiple teeth. This type of dental implant consists of a supporting post that is attached to a titanium foundation. The titanium foundation is inserted into the patient’s jawbone through a minimally invasive oral surgery, and the attached supporting post is designed to keep a dental crown, bridge or denture securely in place as needed. This ensures that the user’s replacement teeth will remain steady at all times. Since endosteal implants are secured inside the jawbone, they act like natural tooth roots, and they provide strong and stable support for the user’s new teeth.
All-on-four implants are specially designed for patients who are missing an entire arch of top or bottom teeth. Using just four strategically placed titanium implants, all-on-four implants are able to support a full arch of teeth, keeping them steady and secure at all times. These four implants are inserted directly into the patient’s jawbone, making them work just like natural tooth roots. Because of their outstanding performance and relatively simple installation, all-on-four implants are one of the best available options for dental implants.
If you are suffering from tooth loss and you would like to learn more about the dental implant options that are available to you, please call us at (479) 621-9700 to schedule an appointment.