For the longest time, dental bridges and dentures have been the go to treatments for restoring missing teeth. This is because these treatments offer restorations that are both quick and affordable. However, these treatments also have a reputation for being uncomfortable and having an artificial appearance. Because of this, more and more of our patients suffering from missing teeth are choosing to go with dental implants for their restoration treatments. This is because dental implants are a comfortable and versatile treatment that is capable of restoring any number of missing teeth. Today, Dr. Altschuler is blogging from Gainesville, FL to talk about some of the treatments possible using dental implants.
A Treatment That Fits Your Needs
There are many different treatments that can be performed using dental implants. Some of these possible treatments include:
Single Tooth Restoration
For patients who are suffering from a single missing tooth, Dr. Altschuler will perform a single tooth restoration. For this method, an implant fixture is placed in the empty spot left by the missing tooth. During the recovery period, osseointegration occurs, which is the process of your implant fixture being accepted by your jawbone and surrounding gums as a natural part of your oral anatomy. Once this process has finished, Dr. Altschuler will attach an abutment to the implant fixture and then connect the replacement crown, completing the restoration.
Multiple Teeth Restoration
If you are suffering from multiple missing teeth, a single tooth restoration can be performed for each tooth. However, if you are suffering from multiple missing teeth that are all lined up in a row, Dr. Altschuler may recommend an implant supported dental bridge for your treatment. For this method, at least two implant fixtures are placed, one for the first tooth in the row and one for the last tooth in the row; additional implant fixtures can be placed in between if necessary. Once the fixtures have healed, an abutment is attached to each and the dental bridge connected, completing the restoration.
Full Arch Restoration
When a patient is suffering from a full arch of missing teeth, a single tooth restoration can be performed for every single tooth in the arch. However, this method can be quite expensive and Dr. Altschuler may recommend an implant supported overdenture instead. For this method, four to six implants are placed along the arch. Once healed, an abutment is attached to each implant and the overdenture is connected at each point, completing the restoration.
Call and Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Altschuler
Whether you are suffering from a single missing tooth or a full arch of missing teeth, we can offer a treatment using dental implants that will fit your needs. We can even use dental implants to support a dental bridge or overdenture, giving you the power to choose what kind of replacement teeth you want. If you have any additional questions or concerns about what treatments are available using dental implants, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Altschuler today. We look forward to working with you soon!