Tooth loss is a serious oral health problem that can ruin the appearance of a person’s smile and make simple tasks like chewing food and speaking very challenging. Although nobody expects to experience tooth loss, the condition can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender or social status. Some of the reasons that tooth loss occurs include excessive tooth decay, advanced gum disease, TMJ disorders and mouth injuries. If tooth loss is left untreated, it can lead to jawbone deterioration, a loss of facial structure, tooth shifts and bite imbalances.
When a person suffers from tooth loss, dental implants are commonly recommended to replace their missing teeth. Dental implants consist of a titanium metal framework that is designed to support different types of artificial replacement teeth, including crowns, bridges and even entire dentures. Dental implants keep these devices tight and secure, even when the user is talking or eating. Because dental implants conduct the same functions as natural tooth roots, users usually find that their replacement teeth feel exactly the same as their original ones.
At 32nd Street Dental, we take great pride in providing patients with dental implants that feel completely natural, while also ensuring outstanding support for prosthetic teeth. We specialize in endosteal implants and all-on-four implants.
An endosteal implant is comprised of a supporting post attached to a titanium foundation that is surgically inserted into the patient’s jawbone in a minimally-invasive oral surgery. The supporting post has the ability to support a crown, bridge or denture. Endosteal implants are a great option for patients missing a single tooth, as well as those who have lost multiple teeth. Secured inside the patient’s jawbone, endosteal implants feel exactly like natural tooth roots, and they do an excellent job of supporting replacement teeth.
All-on-four implants are best utilized when a patient is missing an entire set of top or bottom teeth. This type of implant is designed to support an entire arch of prosthetic teeth by using just four strategically placed titanium implants. These implants are inserted into the patient’s jawbone, ensuring a sturdy fit that keeps the user’s teeth steady at all times. Since all-on-four implants can be installed in a relatively simple and straight-forward oral surgery, they are considered to be one of the best options for dental implants, especially when an entire arch of teeth needs to be replaced.
If you would like to receive more information about dental implants, please call us at (417) 221-9181 to schedule an appointment.