If you’ve got one or more missing teeth, I don’t have to tell you that they’re a hindrance. Gaps in a smile damage more than our self-confidence — they also take away from life’s simplest pleasures, like eating, speaking and chewing with ease. And if you go too long without replacement, missing teeth actually cause significant deterioration in the jaw, which eventually leads to even more tooth loss. So the conclusion is obvious — missing teeth have to be replaced. Did you know you have an excellent replacement option with dental implants in Hermitage, PA? Keep reading to learn more.
Dental Implants Replace the Whole Tooth
When it comes to tooth replacement, dental implants are the closest we can get to a complete replacement of the natural tooth. That’s because dental implants replace the tooth’s root, too — preventing the deterioration of the jawbone that’s caused by missing teeth. This is a key feature of dental implants, and one that makes them the best solution in tooth replacement.
When it comes to what type of dental implant you receive, Dr. Spadafora has options fit for your unique mouth.
Conventional Dental Implants
The conventional method is probably what you think about when you think of dental implants. It’s improved a lot over the past few decades, and is now an affordable, effective solution for replacing one or multiple missing teeth.
Dental implants are tiny titanium posts that Dr. Spadafora surgically implants into your jawbone. Once the initial surgery is complete, you’ll be given a recovery period of two to six months, during which osseointegration will occur — a big word that just means your jawbone will fuse to the implants.
Conventional dental implants can support an individual tooth, an implant-supported bridge or dentures containing multiple teeth. Whatever the replacement option, the result is a stable, beautiful smile you won’t want to wait to show off.
Mini Dental Implants
The biggest difference between conventional dental implants and mini dental implants is the size. The diameter of mini implants is much smaller, which means they typically can’t withstand as much force as a conventional dental implant can. They’re still an excellent option for replacing several missing teeth though, with one major benefit being that the total treatment can be completed in just one procedure. It’s minimally invasive, and the recovery time is cut in half.
Mini dental implants are also a more affordable option compared to conventional implants — and they’re quickly becoming a prefered solution for patients missing several teeth. You and Dr. Spadafora will discuss your unique situation and decide what option is right for you.
Request Your Appointment Today
The doctor and the whole team at Dale F. Spadafora’s office are committed to bringing you the absolute best in dentistry. We proudly serve patients in the Hermitage, Sharpsville, Wheatland and Sharon, PA area — come see for yourself what sets us apart from the rest. Request your appointment today.