Can a dental implant replace one missing tooth?
Dr. E. Taylor Meiser can replace any number of missing teeth with dental implants at his Annapolis, MD dentist office. The best option for one missing tooth is to replace it with an implant supported dental crown.
This option does not require damaging the adjacent teeth like a dental bridge does. He will simply insert one implant fixture into the bone and then cap it with a dental crown.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
As the most natural solution for tooth loss, dental implants have many advantages. They prevent bone loss in the jaw because they replace the tooth at the root. This prevents facials sagging and premature aging. They do not require damaging healthy, remaining teeth.
They also hold the dental restoration firmly in place. This means the false tooth will function just like a natural tooth. You will be able to eat a normal diet without restrictions and the prosthesis will never slip around or fall out.
What are the disadvantages of dental implants?
There are not many disadvantages to choosing this tooth loss solution. However, it is important to understand that they can cost a significant amount of money.
This is a sophisticated tooth replacement method that requires surgery and quality materials. And the more dental implant fixtures you need to support your prosthesis, the more your treatment will cost. Also, the process to complete it will take months and sometimes up to a yearlong.
Can I switch to dental implants if I have a denture?
If you dislike wearing a denture, you can absolutely switch to dental implants. Many of our patients try out dentures and realize this tooth loss solution is not the right choice for them. Traditional dentures are bulky and take some time to get used to. They can also shift inside the mouth making speaking and smiling difficult.
Traditional dentures and partials are not very sturdy so there are certain foods that you will have to avoid. The longer you wear the dentures, the more the jaw will deteriorate. If you make the decision to switch, we may recommend a bone graft to build the bone up or the All-on-4 dental implant method.
Are dental implants covered by insurance?
Most dental insurance plans offer full coverage for preventive treatments such as biannual checkups and teeth cleanings. Then they offer partial coverage for restorative treatments such as fillings, crowns, bridges, and dentures.
However, dental implants are rarely covered. They may partially cover any pre-treatments you need, such as an extraction, or the dental restoration. Our staff will help you navigate your dental insurance claim and maximize your benefits.
How many dental implants fixtures will I need?
The number of implant fixtures you need solely depends on how many teeth you are missing and the type of restoration you are getting. Your dentist will do an exam to determine the current state of your oral health and to make a treatment plan for you. Part of this plan is figure out the best number of implant fixtures you need to support your dental restoration.
If you are only missing one tooth, you only need a single dental implant. However, multiple missing teeth require anywhere from two up to eight dental implants per arch to secure a bridge a denture.