Dental Implant Restoration Options
There are many adjectives that are commonly used to describe dental implants: durable, strong, natural, remarkable, even revolutionary. Truly, dental implants are all of these things and much, much more; however, perhaps the most accurate descriptor of all would be versatile. Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth in an otherwise healthy mouth; they can be used to replace multiple missing teeth, whether in succession or not; they can be used to replace every tooth in the mouth as part of a full-mouth reconstruction. Adults of all ages can benefit from dental implants, whether they lost a tooth in an accident or have been wearing full dentures for years. At our dental practice in Monroeville, cosmetic dentist Edward Narcisi provides dental implants of the highest quality to patients who are missing one or more of their natural teeth, returning both beauty and excellent health to their mouths.
For patients who are missing only one tooth, or who are missing multiple non-consecutive teeth, implant-supported crowns are often an ideal option. Even a single missing tooth can create serious oral health problems; the teeth adjacent to a gap can begin to shift out of their optimal position, while the gum and bone that once supported the tooth will eventually begin to degrade. Once one tooth is lost, the other teeth become far more susceptible to infection, disease, and other damage. Implant-supported crowns can reverse these adverse effects while restoring a patient’s smile to absolute perfection.
At our cosmetic dentistry practice in Monroeville, dental implants are also frequently used to support dental bridges. Dental bridges are typically composed of one to three artificial teeth that are supported on either end by dental crowns. Traditionally, these crowns are attached to the natural teeth adjacent to a gap, which necessitates the filing down of these natural teeth to accommodate the crowns. However, implant-supported bridges do not use natural teeth as support; rather, the crowns that bookend the artificial teeth are attached to dental implants. This method of replacing consecutive missing teeth is, therefore, considerably preferable as it allows your healthy natural teeth to remain intact.
For patients who are missing most or all of their natural teeth, implant-supported dentures are a potentially ideal solution. Unlike removable dentures, implant-supported dentures do not shift or slip out of place; likewise, they do not depend on the jaw muscles to remain in place, making them a far more comfortable option. Foods that traditional denture wearers would have to avoid can be fully enjoyed by patients fitted with implant-supported dentures. Current denture wearers who replace their removable appliances with implant-supported dentures will find that any difficulties they have with speaking, biting, and chewing are eliminated by upgrading to implant-supported dentures.
Contact Dr. Edward Narcisi Today
If you are missing one or more of your natural teeth, you don’t have to compromise your appearance to dramatically improve your oral health. Dr. Edward Narcisi can restore health and beauty to your mouth with state-of-the-art dental implants. Please contact our practice today for further information about implant dentistry or to make an appointment with Dr. Narcisi.