Even with all the information out there about dental implants, they often are not what most people imagine that they are. Dental implants are quite versatile and have many uses in the mouth.
The most common one is to replace a single missing tooth. The dental implant replaces the root of the tooth (in your jaw). An abutment and crown make the dental implant look like your other teeth.
If you have several missing teeth in the same area of your mouth, you might be able to put in two dental implants and connect them with a dental bridge to fill in the entire gap.
Because dental implants can be used for individual teeth, many people believe that if they have no teeth, they would need a dental implant for each missing tooth. This is not the case. A full arch replacement can be placed on 2, 4, or 6 dental implants. (Compared to 28-32 adult teeth.) Two (2) dental implants are often used for removable replacement appliances. This is often called an overdenture. If you prefer a non-removable replacement, that can often be done using 4 or 6 dental implants to anchor the appliance.
Both overdentures or fixed full-arch appliances can stabilize your bite—which is often the goal for patients who have trouble eating with or wearing a lower denture.
If you’re interested in learning more about dental implants, please make an appointment to see Dr. Robb by calling 440-960-1940. You can also learn more about dental implants here: Fixed Dentures and Dental Implants FAQs
Dr. Jennifer Robb is a general dentist located at 1612 Cooper Foster Park Rd., Lorain, OH. She is accepting new patients of all ages. Website: www.drjrobb.com
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Note: Information in this article is not intended to replace the clinical judgment of your health care professionals.