If you are missing one tooth or multiple teeth due to decay, periodontitis or an impact injury, an implant supported restoration may be the best way to restore your smile and preserve your oral health.
Learn more about dental implants and implant supported restorations from Dr. John Quinn and Dr. Mitchell of Smiles for Life Family Dentistry below, and see if an implant supported restoration in Summerlin or Spring Valley is right for you.
Understanding How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants are small, screw-shaped posts built out of titanium or zirconium. Both titanium and zirconium have a unique ability to bond to natural jaw and gum tissue, which is why they are used for dental implants.
A dental implant is placed where a missing tooth used to be, and it essentially serves as an artificial tooth root. After it is placed with a minimally-invasive surgery, it heals for about 3-6 months and becomes permanently attached.
This implant can then be used to support a variety of different restorations, such as crowns, dental bridges or even dentures.
The Most Common Types of Implant Supported Restorations
Dental implants can be used to support 3 primary types of restorations.
- Implant supported crowns (dental implants) – Implant supported crowns are, by far, the most common implant supported restoration. In fact, the term “dental implant” is often synonymous with this procedure. A tooth-shaped crown is attached to the dental implant, replacing the missing tooth with a nearly identical false tooth.
- Implant supported bridges – If you do not have teeth that are healthy enough for a traditional crown and bridge placement, or prefer a permanent dental implant, an implant supported bridge can be used. Typically, two dental implants are used as the abutments to which a dental bridge of artificial teeth can be attached.
- Implant supported dentures – Implant supported dentures are an alternative to traditional dentures and are usually used for patients who have lost one or both of their arches of teeth due to a serious accident or periodontal disease. These dentures attach permanently to 4-6 dental implants, offering a natural appearance and functionality.
The Benefits of Implant Supported Restorations
Implant supported restorations have a number of benefits. Here are a few of the advantages of these restorative dental procedures.
- Great long-term value – With proper care, dental implants can last 30 years, and many of them will last the rest of your life. This makes them a great, long-term investment as compared to bridges and dentures which can fail within 5-15 years.
- Secure with a natural look and feel – Dental implants function as artificial tooth roots. This means that your bridge, crown, or denture is completely secure and will not move, and that you’ll be able to chew, speak, and smile naturally.
- Preserves jaw and gum tissue – Unlike traditional dentures or dental bridges, implant supported restorations strengthen and stimulate the surrounding gum and jaw tissue, preventing it from receding.
Learn More About Implant Supported Dentistry in Las Vegas Today!
At Smiles for Life Family Dentistry, Dr. Quinn and Dr. Mitchell are both experienced implant dentists. If you have more questions about implant supported dentistry, feel free to contact us for an appointment now at (702) 795-2273.
At your consultation, one of our doctors will discuss all of your restorative dentistry options, and help you determine which procedure is the best for replacing your missing tooth. Give us a call today or visit our Las Vegas office at 8930 W. Sunset Rd., Ste. 190, Las Vegas, NV 89148.