Dental Implants for Missing Teeth

According to studies, nearly 69% of adults over the age of 35 have lost at least one permanent tooth. Although tooth loss is generally attributed to poor oral hygiene and aging, others lose teeth in a variety of different ways. For instance, physical injuries, accidents, and sports injuries are the most common reasons for tooth loss. Likewise, gum disease and other medical conditions can cause someone to lose teeth. Fortunately, there is a viable solution for most patients and it’s found in the installation of dental implants. In fact, implants are the premier solution for anyone who is missing one or practically all of their teeth.

OMSH shares three top options for dental implants that patients can consider if they have one or more missing teeth. These options are particularly relevant if your oral surgeon finds that you’re a good candidate for implants.

All-On-4 Implants

The All-On-4 implant option offers patients a permanent and innovative solution for those who have the consecutive absence of teeth missing in a row. Whether they are missing in the upper arch, the lower arch, or both, these implants work by placing a row of natural-looking teeth on four well-placed implants. The best part about these dental implants is that they offer a solution that permanently replaces bridges.

After you consult with your oral surgeon for a complete oral examination, he or she will be able to determine if this option is best for you. All-On-4 implants are an effective way to restore your upper and/or lower missing teeth and restore your beautiful smile.

Like all dental implants, All-On-4s are ideal for most adults and can last over 50 years when patients take good care of their teeth! Furthermore, they have a 98% success rate.

Teeth-In-A-Day Implants

Another innovative option for dental implants is the Teeth-in-a-day option. It’s a safe, highly-effective solution and advanced alternative to dentures. Dentures always pose the risk of falling out in public or bending out of shape with repeated usage. Unfortunately, over time dentures tend to require costly repairs, replacements, and refitting.

Teeth-in-a-day implants, however, are easy and effective to implement. And although the upfront cost is higher, they ultimately save you money over time. During your comprehensive examination, all your oral surgeon needs to get started is to perform a bone scan. The surgeon will then determine the positioning of the implants and the color of the crowns.

Although All-on-4 implants are perfect for those who want to get their entire upper or lower jaw replaced, Teeth-in-a-day are for patients that are edentulous. This option tends to work best for those who need a completely new set of functional natural-looking teeth.

Advanced Dental Implants

In the past, dental implants tended to not be for most people, due to cost and/or past surgical procedures and patient candidacy. However, today, with so many advancements in technology, modern implants offer a viable solution for MOST people. Though there are a small few exceptions, dental implants remain a premier option for anyone with one or more missing teeth.

Regardless of where or which teeth you have missing, it’s best that you not put-off replacing your teeth. The sooner you replace missing teeth, the better.  In addition, with modern options for dental implants so readily available, patients also have options for financing them. So, don’t put it off.

Connect with the advanced oral maxillofacial surgeons of OMSH in Houston and learn how we can help restore your smile! Request an appointment online at your convenience, or contact us directly at 713-804-6055.