Tranquility Dental Wellness in Tacoma, WA was founded on the basis of constant growth and advancement, enabling us to develop expertise in modern dentistry and provide the best care for our patients. Dental implants are the ideal option for restoration; they benefit your oral health, appearance, bite function, and are also incredibly convenient in everyday life. Get in touch with our team today to learn more about how we can transform your life with dental implants!
A single-style dental implant serves the purpose of restoring a single missing tooth. Many patients are surprised to hear how even one missing tooth can wreak havoc on their smile! This may cause neighboring teeth to shift out of place, causing misalignment to occur along the entire arch of teeth. Additionally, when the tooth on the above arch lacks pressure from the bottom tooth, it may begin to extend further from the tooth socket.
A single implant prevents this from happening by supporting the surrounding teeth and mimicking the entire structure of the lost tooth. Implants are composed of three separate components:
- The post – anchors the implant in place and stimulates the jawbone
- The abutment – connects the post to the crown with reliable strength and security
- The crown – restores function and appearance to the mouth with a durable, custom created artificial tooth
The implant is secured into position, requiring no further maintenance or extra steps for the patient. They will simply brush and floss as usual; when taken care of, dental implants will last a lifetime, with the crown only needing to be replaced every 10 or 15 years.
Implant-supported bridges are very similar to traditional bridges; they are used to replace multiple missing teeth in a sequence. The main differences are as follows:
- With implants, neighboring teeth do not need to be prepared or crowned. These natural teeth are left untouched so that we can fill the smile gap without sacrificing the integrity of any healthy teeth.
- Implants are connected to your jawbone and provide healthy stimulation. This prevents the bone from deteriorating due to lack of use.
Instead of being attached to teeth, implant-supported bridges are secured to implants on either side of the smile gap. Just like with single tooth implants, there is an implant post and abutment that each crown attaches to; this keeps the bridge of artificial teeth held securely in place, restoring the appearance and function of three or more missing teeth.
If you have an entire arch of missing teeth, All-on-4 could be an excellent choice for you! All-on-4 is a style of dental implant designed to restore a full arch of missing teeth. Just as the name implies, this restoration is held in place by four dental implants.
The position of these implant posts are precisely planned by our dentists using a CBCT scan, ensuring that they are supported adequately by appropriate jawbone density in each location.
All-on-4 is very similar to implant-supported dentures. The main difference with this restoration is that while dentures are removable by the patient, All-on-4 is a fixed device with no removable parts. We find that this feels more natural for the patient and requires much less maintenance than dentures.
Dental implants will last a lifetime with proper care, and studies show that well-maintained All-on-4 appliances may last up to 20 years.
It’s Time To Smile Again
We believe that everyone deserves a beautiful smile, and we are eager to be a part of your restoration with dental implants. Implants truly have the power to change your whole life; not just physically, but your mental state may improve as well! You’ll discover greater self-esteem, more confidence, and finally, feel like yourself again.
At Tranquility Dental Wellness, it’s all about you and bringing your dream to life! Our dental professionals want to ensure that your implants are perfect and work closely with you to understand your needs and interests. Allow us to design a treatment plan specifically for you; call our office today to get started!