Patients with missing teeth can find a permanent, effective tooth replacement solution with dental implants. With an implant, patients can see restored oral function and an improved appearance of their smile. These benefits can last a lifetime with proper maintenance, and there are different types of implants to suit your unique dental needs. Dr. Nishan Halim, a dentist in Washington, DC, describes three types of dental implants that can replace missing teeth.
A single dental implant is an optimal tooth replacement option for patients missing one tooth. The implant consists of a titanium post that is surgically placed into the jaw. Once this is healed, your dentist will attach a prosthetic tooth or crown to an abutment on the post above the jawline using dental bonding. The healing process can take several months, but once this period is completed, you will see a full restoration of your oral abilities. You can return to eating and speaking normally. You will also see cosmetic benefits, as the prosthetic tooth will fill gaps in your smile, which can give you a boost of confidence in your appearance.
A dental bridge will replace several teeth in a row. The bridge implant requires two titanium posts to be surgically placed, one for each end of the bridge prosthetic. Implants have the added benefit of preventing jawbone loss. When teeth are missing, bone in the jaw can deteriorate in their absence. Implants recreate the stimulus of a tooth root and keep the bone healthy. It can also encourage jawbone regeneration for bone that may have already been lost. This reduces the chance of facial sagging, so your face shape can be preserved.
All-on-4 dental implants replace a full arch of teeth. This implant requires four posts to which a prosthetic for a full arch of top or bottom teeth is secured with bonding. This is a permanent tooth replacement option, as opposed to dentures, which are removable. Dentures can enhance your smile by replacing teeth while worn, but they only last about five years before you will require a new fixture. Dentures also do not prevent jawbone loss because they do not replace the root of the tooth that is missing. While dentures can be more affordable, dental implants have more long-lasting benefits.
Dental implants available in Washington, DC
Dr. Halim offers dental implants and other restorative dental treatments to patients in Washington, DC. Our practice also specializes in cosmetic and general dentistry. To schedule an appointment with us, contact our office online or reach us by phone at 202.318.4113.