Single Tooth Dental Implant
To avoid traditional bridge restorations, you can replace a single tooth to preserve the adjacent teeth. But you must have a comprehensive examination before being considered as a candidate. We'll also complete a thorough review of your medical history because certain conditions could prevent you from undergoing this procedure.
If you have adequate bone levels, your jaw will be strong enough to support the implant. Otherwise, you may need to complete bone grafting, which is a separate procedure. This process replaces missing bone in your jaw with a grafting material that will encourage regeneration.
Once there is enough bone density to maintain an implant, you can move forward with the implant placement. Dental implants are available in specific lengths and widths, ensuring you have a suitably sized post to support your oral health.
Half Moon Bay Family Dentistry uses CBCT cone beam 3D imaging to determine your precise jaw dimensions before your implant surgery. From there, our team can choose the best implant for replacing the tooth. A molar, for example, does most of the work to chew your food, making a larger implant the ideal choice.
All-on-Four Dental Implants
Standard dental implants are inserted into the bone and given time to fuse together. This process, called osseointegration, allows the implant to become a part of your body and stabilize your new teeth. However, it could take up to eight posts for a full arch tooth replacement.
All-on-Four dental implants are more conservative but create the same results as conventional titanium posts. This approach uses four strategically placed screws to retain a denture in your mouth. Because the procedure is less invasive, the recovery time is typically shorter and more manageable.
Choosing All-on-Four implants provides you with the following benefits:
Secure and stable dentures for chewing and talking
Prevents your jawbone from deteriorating
No bone loss, reducing the need for a future denture reline
Although they are less invasive, All-on-Four dental implants are durable and, with proper care, could last a lifetime.