Modern dental clinics can restore the look, feel and function of your teeth almost perfectly using a handful of non-invasive procedures. Bridges, crowns, veneers, inlays and onlays are enough to restore most teeth, even if they’ve decayed or been damaged all the way down to the root.
Sometimes; however, teeth are lost completely. This can be due to:
- Sports injury
- Tooth decay
- Gum conditions like gingivitis
When a tooth is lost, it’s important to consider the next move carefully – and here’s why. In the absence of a tooth, jawbone begins to deteriorate. Eventually, a jawbone can no longer support a tooth at all. At this point, bone grafting, which is a highly invasive procedure in itself, becomes required.
This is something you want to avoid, so if someone you know has recently lost a tooth, consider letting them know about the implant options listed below! It could save them months of recovery time and thousands of dollars down the line.
With endosteal implants, a prosthetic (usually made from modern metal alloys) is attached to your jawbone internally. Afterward, a “screw” is installed into the prosthetic via your gum tissue. This way, a crown or a bridge of teeth can be installed in a way that replicated the look and feel of your natural teeth.
When all (or most) of a patient’s teeth have been lost, the easiest and most effective solution is a complete dental replacement. The All-on-Four is a way to do that quickly, inexpensively and with a minimal number of invasive procedures.
With the All-on-Four method, a complete set of artificial teeth is attached to bridges, which are in turn attached to just four implants. The bridges work similarly to natural tooth and gum tissue, giving patients with extensive tooth loss a significant improvement in life quality.
The subperiosteal method involves installing an implant directly under your gum tissue; on top of the bone. This procedure gives you a similar result to the endosteal technique but is less invasive.
Which Solution Is Best For Me?
Implants are an important and sometimes-complex life choice. They can significantly enhance a patient’s quality of life, but with so many different types of procedures out there, it’s important to get a certified doctor’s opinion on what’s best for you.
Get a free consultation and quote today by calling us at (713) 682-7233; our staff can’t wait to speak to you and help you make the right decision!