Dental implants are a safe, medically proven, esthetic alternative to traditional bridgework, partials and dentures. Because implant restorations look and feel more like natural teeth, they offer new levels of comfort, security and confidence over traditional treatments. For more than two decades, dental implants have been helping to provide quality of life to patients with restorative needs.
Choosing dental implants as a treatment option can offer a number of significant advantages.
Keep Healthy Teeth
Perhaps one of the most frequently asked questions is whether or not to use a fixed (“permanent”) bridge or a dental implant to replace one or two missing teeth. Suppose a patient was missing their lower left first molar. If a fixed bridge were to be used, the dentist would cut down the adjacent teeth (the second molar and the second bicuspid) and fit a three unit fixed bridge over those two teeth. The missing tooth would be called a pontic and it would be effectively replaced by the three unit bridge. If the dentist were to use an implant with a crown on it, he or she would place an implant in the site of the original first molar. This could be done immediately or at some date after the first molar was removed. There is no time limit here. The implant will take about four months to connect with the bone and then at that time, the dentist can construct a single crown on the implant to replace the missing first molar.
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