Have You Lost A Tooth…or Two?
If you have ever lost a tooth, you know how it affects your confidence. It can cause you to smile less or uncomfortably, or even unconfidently. You can also have problems in talking or chewing food; and it is also the most common cause of jaw bone loss among many dental patients. Therefore, it is imperative to rectify this issue as soon as possible.
There are Many Causes of Tooth Loss:
- Wear and tear of the tooth structure
- Different types of tooth injury, like accidents
- Tooth decay due to cavities
- Root canal failures
- Periodontitis (gum diseases)
- Different types of congenital defects and issues
3 Different Types of Dental Implants are Available:
The following example cases were done by Dr. Joshua Hong.
1) Fixed Single-Unit Dental Implant:
This type of implant is not removable. It is screwed and cemented to stay retained.
2) Multiple Fixed Single-Unit Dental Implants:
This type of implant is not removable. It is screwed and cemented to stay retained. This is the same procedure as above, but done to multiple teeth, instead of just one. This makes it easy to treat each tooth as a single tooth. (You can floss in between each tooth.)
3) Fixed Multiple-Unit Bridge Dental Implants (also known as “All-On-Four” Dental Implants or “Teeth in 1 Day”):
This type of implant can give you up to 12 teeth on 4 implants. Four implants are surgically placed into your gums. Natural-looking teeth are designed to fit the “bridge” that goes into your mouth and is then attached to those 4 implants. (You cannot floss in between each tooth. These must be cleaned by a dental professional once a year.)
Before/After Xrays of “All-On-Four” Dental Implants:
About the Procedure
Apprehension or fear regarding this procedure is normal as it sounds very complex. However, the following points will help clear your doubts:
- Compared to conventional bridges and dentures, these implants are much more secure in nature. After the procedure is done, you will not face the issues of gum tissue irritation or cavity.
- During implants procedures, proper anesthesia is administered along with sedation. So, you will never feel any pain during the procedure.
- The healing period for implants is generally around 3-6 months; however, after these 3-6 months, you will recover completely.
Please contact our office to have one of our knowledgeable team members answer any question you might have about dental implants.