Tooth loss can make you feel less confident about your appearance and create difficulty speaking and eating. It can also cause a breakdown and deterioration in the structure of the jawbone, causing surrounding teeth to shift or fall out.
For many years, dentures were the primary solution for extensive tooth loss, covering an arch or a partial arch of the mouth where teeth were lost or extracted. Referred to as false teeth, dentures are removable prosthetics that are held in place with suction or adhesives. Patients may feel self-conscious about the potential for slippage or instability when chewing, speaking, or smiling. While dentures can restore the appearance of a patient’s smile, they are not able to prevent loss of bone and potential irritation of the gums.
Today, dental implants are considered the premier treatment for tooth loss. Because dental implants replace both the root and the visible portion of the tooth, they provide the best support and stability, and look and feel just like natural teeth. Strong and durable titanium posts are surgically placed into the jawbone. Over several months, the bone grows around the post, fusing the two together. Once the dental implant is anchored securely, an extension called an abutment is attached and is topped with a natural-looking and attractive porcelain dental crown. Titanium is a solid material so a dental implant will never decay.
For extensive tooth loss, four to six implants may be placed to anchor custom-designed dentures providing greater stability to the bone and preventing the slipping or irritation caused by conventional dentures.
Dr. Sameet Koppikar, at Biltmore Dental Center in Phoenix, is an award-winning, board-certified physician specializing in dental surgery and advanced dentistry. He is recognized and respected by peers and patients and believes in providing patient-centered, gentle, and effective dental care.
To find out if dental implants may be right for you, schedule your comprehensive consultation with Dr. Koppikar to discuss your goals and expectations. Biltmore Dental Center provides a complete array of family, cosmetic, restorative, emergency, and sedation dentistry. You may request an appointment online or by calling (602) 954-8200. Our office is located in Phoenix at 4202 North 32nd Street, Suite B.