Types of Dental Implants

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants offer a permanent and aesthetically pleasing solution. At Z Dentistry, Dr. Jason Simms and Dr. Anh Simms are committed to providing the highest quality dental implants to residents of Zachary, LA, and beyond. In this blog post, we'll explore the different types of dental implants available and how they can help you regain your smile.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that provide a permanent base for fixed, replacement teeth. They are a popular and effective long-term solution for people who suffer from missing teeth, failing teeth or chronic dental problems. Dental implants can be used to support a variety of restorations to replace anything from a single missing tooth to a full arch.

  • Single Tooth Implants: As the name suggests, single tooth implants replace one missing tooth. A single implant post is inserted into the gum, and a custom-made crown is placed on top.
  • Implant-Supported Bridge: If you are missing several teeth in a row, multiple tooth implants may be the best solution. Instead of replacing each missing tooth with a single implant, an implant-supported bridge uses two implants to support a row of false teeth.
  • Implant-Retained Dentures: These use several implants to securely hold a full, removable denture in place. They offer improved stability, comfort, and function compared to traditional dentures. This solution enhances quality of life for patients with extensive tooth loss by improving speech and chewing ability.
  • All-on-X: This technique uses 4 to 6 strategically placed implants to support a full arch of fixed, non-removable teeth. Often allowing for same-day tooth replacement, All-on-X provides a stable, functional, and aesthetic alternative to traditional dentures, dramatically improving a patient's smile and oral function.

The Dental Implant Process

The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months. First, the implant is placed into the jawbone. Over the next two to six months, the implants and the bone are allowed to bond together to form anchors. Once the implants have integrated with the jawbone, an abutment will be attached and the site will be allowed to heal for a few weeks before the final restoration is placed. A dental implant restoration is the visible part of the implant, such as a dental crown, bridge, or denture, and completes the implant process.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are a popular choice for many reasons. They look and feel like natural teeth and are designed to be long lasting. 

  • Improved Appearance: Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.
  • Improved Speech: With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip.

Caring for Your Dental Implants

Just like your natural teeth, dental implants require regular brushing and flossing. Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and checkups. 

  • Brushing: Brush your teeth at least twice a day. This will help remove plaque and prevent tooth decay.
  • Flossing: Daily flossing is necessary to remove plaque from the areas between your teeth and around your implant that your toothbrush can't reach.

Get Your Dental Implants in Zachary, LA

At Z Dentistry, we understand the impact missing teeth can have on your confidence and overall health. We're here to help you regain your smile with dental implants. If you're in the Zachary, LA area and are considering dental implants, don't hesitate to reach out to us at (225) 570-4050 to request an appointment. Let us help you restore your smile and confidence.

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