Which teeth can be replaced with dental implants?
Dental implants are a great option for most tooth replacement. They look, feel and function just like your natural teeth and can last a lifetime. Dental implants can be used to replace any tooth–front teeth, cuspids and molars.
Dental implants for front teeth
Many patients worry that their front teeth cannot be replaced with dental implants because we use them to cut into food, but this is why dental implants may be a great option for tooth replacement option. A dental implant replaces the root and the crown of your tooth, providing much the same strength and cutting ability of a real tooth.
Dental implants for molars
When you eat, your molars help crush, grind and mash food to make it easier to swallow. This means that if you’re missing a molar or two, you may find it frustrating to eat some of your favorite foods. Molars are especially important for grinding fruit and vegetables. If you have trouble eating healthy food, your nutrition levels and health might suffer.
Because molars often present little to no aesthetic concern, many patients put off replacing their back teeth. This is not a good idea. The longer you wait to replace your molars, the more your jawbone may shrink. If you don’t have sufficient bone mass or density to accept a dental implant, additional treatments such as a bone graft may be required. Seeking replacement options in a timely manner may be very helpful for your overall oral health.
Replacing a full arch of teeth
For patients missing several teeth on their lower or upper arch, an effective implant treatment plan may be installing a full arch of new teeth using ALL-ON-4® technology. Using dental implants, an oral surgeon can install a full arch of teeth.