Kyle Taylor, DDS

Tranquil Bay Dental

2415 Penny Road Suite 203

High Point, NC 27265

336-884-8989

At Deep River Pointe

Dental Implant Restoration

Replace Missing Teeth with Dental Implants

In the not-so-distant past, losing a tooth meant having to have a bridge or removable partial denture to get a replacement.  However, today’s patients who may be missing only a few teeth are better served by implants, which provide a tooth-for-tooth replacement option without having to involve adjacent teeth in the treatment.

If you have lost teeth due to injury or decay, chances are that dental implants can help you regain the look and functionality of a complete set of teeth. Dental implants are a good choice because they solve a variety of problems associated with missing teeth. As those who are missing one or more teeth know, chewing, speech, and digestion can be affected negatively by gaps between teeth. In addition, many people who are missing teeth feel self-conscious about the appearance of their smiles.

What Is a Dental Implant?

When a patient says they want an “implant,” they typically are referring to the final result of an implant with the tooth in place and when things look and feel normal again. Technically, the “implant” is just the replacement portion for the root of the tooth (usually made of titanium), which is placed surgically into your jawbone; onto which we affix the “abutment,” which is like a reshaped tooth under a crown; and finally the crown.  So the shorthand use of the term “implant” or “dental implant” should really be understood to encompass all three phases:  The actual root form implant, the abutment, and the crown. The end result?  A natural-looking, sturdy new tooth—or teeth!

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants offer a wide range of benefits:

  • Dental implants have been widely used for over 30 years with an excellent success rate.
  • Your teeth will look and feel natural, providing a confident smile.
  • Elimination of discomfort or soreness some experience with ordinary dentures or bridges
  • Regain bite forces, so you can chew and digest more comfortably and effectively.
  • No slipping, allowing you to speak and eat normally (missing teeth can affect what foods or drinks you can consume, which can lead to poor nutrition and overall health).
  • Proper restoration of your bite—lining up your jaws—to avoid possible jaw joint or other bite problems.
  • Halt the natural process of dissolving away of the jawbone that occurs when a tooth is removed or extracted.Photo of all on 4 dental implants holding dentures in place in mouth

Implants Supporting Dentures and the Fixed “All on Four” Option

In some cases, when a patient has lost all of his or her teeth, implant-supported dentures can be an excellent option. As few as two dental implants can be used to support a lower denture; and with just two more (for a total of four) there is the totally stable “All on Four” option.  For complete understanding, both of these options will be best discussed with your dentist in person.

Supporting Dentures

When a patient has lost all of his or her teeth but wants a better fit and more retention than traditional dentures allow, implant-supported dentures can give them that stability. A limited number of implants are placed into the jawbone, and the denture fits snugly over the implants and a connector called an abutment.

illustration of a two dental implants supporting a partial bridge

illustration of dental implant with tooth crownSupporting Crowns/Bridges

Single tooth implants are used when one or more of the patient’s teeth are missing. They offer the stability of a natural tooth root, and this is an excellent option for patients who do not wish to have a removable appliance. Implants can support crowns (to replace a single tooth) or bridges (missing adjacent teeth), and they can also be used to support or stabilize removable complete or partial dentures.

How Long Do Dental Implants Take?

Implants generally take three to six months to complete, as your own bone must heal around the implant so it is stable in its position. Until the implants are solidly healed, most patients wear a “temporary” crown or removable partial denture. Once the implant is completely healed, the dentist will place specially made artificial teeth that perfectly fit the shape of your mouth. You’ll look and feel fantastic! Implants will last for many years if you take good care of them—brushing and flossing your teeth regularly and making routine appointments with your dentist.

If you have missing teeth and want to discuss dental implant options, please call us today at 336-884-8989 to ask questions about dental implants or schedule an appointment. We would love to help you regain your smile; not just for cosmetic reasons, but for the sake of your health!