Tooth loss is a very serious oral health problem that can cause more than just flaws in a person’s smile. Some major consequences of missing teeth include jawbone deterioration, loss of facial structure, tooth shifts and severe bite imbalances. Teeth are lost for many reasons including excessive tooth decay, gum disease, TMJ disorder and injuries to the mouth.
Dental implants are used as a way of replacing missing teeth. Implants work by using a titanium metal framework to support prosthetic replacement teeth. This sturdy framework can securely support dental crowns, bridges or entire dentures so they will not fall out when talking or eating. Since dental implants provide the same function as natural tooth roots, they allow the replacement teeth to feel exactly like healthy, natural teeth.
At Cambridge Dental Group, our dental care experts offer support for two types of dental implants. These include endosteal implants and all-on-four implants.
Used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth, endosteal implants start with a titanium foundation that is inserted directly into a patient’s jawbone. Next, a supporting post is attached to the initial foundation. This supporting post is designed to secure a dental crown, bridge or denture. Since endosteal implants are secured inside the jawbone, they are very sturdy and do a great job of supporting prosthetic teeth.
All-on-4 Implants are recommended to patients who are missing an entire set of top or bottom teeth. This type of implant uses just four strategically-placed titanium implants to support an entire row of prosthetic teeth. These implants are secured directly inside the jawbone to provide a sturdy fit that keeps the wearer’s dentures nice and steady at all times. Because of their simplicity, All-on-4 Implants are one of the easiest options available for receiving a full set of top or bottom dentures, without resorting to inferior suction-based dentures.
If you would like to learn more about dental implants and how they can help you replace lost or missing teeth, please contact us to set up a consultation. You may call us at (313) 261-0966 to schedule an appointment.