Your Dental Implant Options in Wichita, KS
If you are missing one or more teeth dental implants are an ideal tooth replacement option. If your dentist determines you are a candidate, then you’ll need to consult about which type of dental implant is the right one for your tooth loss circumstance. The correct choice will mostly depend on the number of teeth you’re missing.
Single Tooth Replacement
For patients who are missing one tooth there is a dental implant for single tooth replacement. In this case, your dentist will surgically position one biocompatible titanium post in your jawbone beneath the socket of your missing tooth. During your healing process, the post and surrounding bone bond together to form a solid foundation that is similar to a natural tooth root. Once the post is firmly set, your dentist will attach an abutment, which links the implant to your new tooth restoration. In the case of a single tooth replacement that restoration will likely be a porcelain crown, which is cemented or screwed onto the abutment.
Fixed Multiple Tooth Replacement
If you are missing more than one tooth consecutively, then Dr. Belen may opt for a fixed multiple tooth replacement. This consists of multiple implants that are strategically placed to support more than one artificial tooth. For example, in the case of three consecutively positioned missing teeth, we’ll implant posts beneath the first and third teeth. These in turn support custom-designed crowns or a bridge that incorporates three false teeth. The bridge is securely attached to the abutments on top of your implants. With dental implants to hold your bridge in place, you avoid alterations to healthy teeth next to your missing teeth.
Removable Implant-Supported Denture
For people who are edentulous, or missing all of their teeth along the upper or lower arch, there are implant-supported dentures. To hold your dentures in place without a chance of slipping, your implant dentist will place the optimal number of implants. The dentures then snap or clip into place on each implant. Alternatively, a bar can be designed to run along the length of the denture for additional support. Removable dentures may be desirable for patients who have bone loss because of teeth that have been missing for a long time. These dentures help to fill out facial features for a more natural and youthful appearance.
Contact Lakepoint Dental Health & Aesthetics today if you have any questions about our services, or if you’re ready to schedule your first appointment. We look forward to providing comprehensive, quality dental care to your whole family.