Dental Implants Are The Best Option For Replacing Missing Teeth
In the past, traditional dentures or a dental bridges was the only way to replace a missing tooth or teeth. These options do their jobs, however, thanks to great strides in modern dentistry, you can replace your missing tooth with the next best thing. Dental implants are effective, functional and built to last a lifetime. Learn more about this revolutionary procedure with help from your Lexington, KY dentist at Corporate Center Dental Care, Dr. Anthony Feck and Dr. Maxie Combs.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants include three separate parts: the implant’s fixture, its abutment and its crown. The fixture is the implant itself. Your Lexington dentist surgically places the small, titanium cylinder into the jawbone beneath your gumline. Over time, the fixture integrates into the bone, becoming part of it and providing a replacement root. The abutment simply connects the fixture to the crown. The tooth-shaped crown sits on top of the implant to replace the tooth itself.
How do dental implants replace teeth?
There are several ways to utilize dental implant technology. They include:
- Single Tooth Implant: To replace a single tooth, your dentist uses a single implant. The fixture integrates into the bone below the missing tooth’s gum tissue and holds the dental crown to replace the tooth.
- Multiple Teeth Implant: This restoration replaces several missing teeth with one restoration. Instead of using an implant for every tooth, your Lexington dentist uses one implant on either side of the prosthetic teeth. Similar to a dental bridge, several prosthetic teeth in a row bridge the gap. However, a bridge uses the surrounding teeth to hold it in place, compromising the teeth. Implants leave the natural teeth in tact.
- Implant-Supported Dentures: Traditional dentures tend to lose their shape quickly and, in turn, lose their fit. Implant-supported dentures use strategically placed through the arch of the mouth to hold a full denture in place. If a patient is missing all their teeth, implants hold both the bottom and top arch of teeth.
For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Anthony Feck and Dr. Maxie Combs at Corporate Center Dental Care in Lexington, KY. Call (859) 223-4644 to speak with an associate about scheduling your consultation for implants today!