There are many reasons why someone may be missing one tooth or multiple teeth. Specific genetics can lead to missing teeth, tooth decay, and oral health disease can cause teeth to be pulled or fall out, medications may cause tooth loss, and physical trauma can knock a tooth out. Having missing teeth is not an ideal situation. Not only does it not look good, but it can affect many other aspects of life. Speaking without teeth in the mouth makes communication less clear, and eating is more complicated. And these are not the only things that are affected by missing teeth. The jawbone tissue degrades when teeth are missing for too long, which can affect the structure of one’s face. Also, when missing teeth are not remedied, one’s overall health and well-being are at risk.
Missing teeth are a severe problem and a big deal. Dental implants are one way that may permanently resolve the issue of missing teeth. Studies are showing that people who fix their missing teeth with dental implants also have an improved quality of life after their procedure.
In California, if you have questions about dental implants or how to fix your missing teeth, the San Diego dental implant specialist at McBride Dental can discuss your options with you.
If you are considering dental implants the type that you will receive will be dependent on your specific requirements and needs. Here are four different types of dental implants that may be possible.
In cases where a patient only has one missing tooth, they may benefit from a single tooth implant. The metal implant will be placed into the jaw bone and it will heal until it is secure. Then a dental crown is placed over the implant and connected to it.
2. Implant-Supported Bridge
When a patient has more than one missing tooth, a dental bridge will be fixed by the dental implants for stability and to prevent movement in other teeth.
3. All-on-4 Dental Implants
The complete and full dental restoration of all-on-4 dental implants replaces a mouth that has the most missing teeth. Both the teeth in the upper and the lower jaws can be totally replaced using dental prosthetics supported by four implants.
4. 3-on-6 Dental Implants
Another type of complete restoration where six dental implants hold in place three dental bridges. This 3-on-6 dental implant procedure can also be used for partial restoration.
The pricing ranges for each type of dental implant. When fewer teeth require restoration, then the costs will be smaller versus when a full mouth must be restored to functionality.
Dental implants can completely renew your smile and improve your life. If you have questions, you are not alone, many people that are thinking about their options for fixing missing teeth have concerns too. For more information on dental implants and which type of dental implant is best for you, you can schedule a free consultation with the San Marcos dental implant dentist at McBride Dental at (760) 471-1003.