Missing teeth can cause a whole host of issues, such as difficulty eating and speaking. As a comprehensive replacement for missing teeth, Dr. Jeffrey Bauer provides dental implants in Bluffton. At Bauer Dental Associates, we’re dedicated to replacing missing teeth and helping you achieve a beautiful, long-lasting smile.
Replace Missing Teeth in Bluffton
Dental implants are complete replacements for missing teeth. These restorations are comprised of three major parts: the implant post, the abutment, and the prosthetic. Biocompatible titanium posts restore tooth roots and fuse to the jaw bone to generate united support for both existing dental structure and the new prosthetic replacement. An abutment then connects the visible prosthetic to the dental implant to complete the restoration.
Options provided at Bauer Dental Associates for dental implant restorations include:
Single-unit crowns replace a missing tooth at any point in the smile. These are attached to a single dental implant where the tooth once was, preventing existing teeth from shifting and providing the necessary support to maintain a healthy jaw.
Multi-unit bridges are used to restore up to a short row of teeth using two to three dental implants. Whereas traditional bridges require altering healthy teeth to be used as anchors, implant-supported bridges obtain stability directly from the jaw bone, preserving the existing dental structure.
Implant-supported dentures gain their stability from four to eight dental implants strategically placed in an optimal position for maximum comfort and stability. The resiliency dentures receive from dental implants grant them greater performance and the ability to resist accelerated resorption associated with missing teeth.
Why Replace the Tooth’s Root?
In addition to chewing and providing a complete esthetic, teeth support the jaw bone and other existing teeth. When teeth and their roots are missing, existing teeth shift out of position and the bone atrophies. This causes the bone to shrink and facial features to sink in. To prevent this, dental implants are directly placed in the empty spaces left by the missing tooth, acting as the root and providing support for the dental structure.
Receive an Evaluation!
Bauer Dental Associates is committed to helping patients achieving optimal oral health using state-of-the-art dental care. Visit our dental practice to receive an evaluation for dental implants in Bluffton, SC to determine if they’re right for you. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Bauer today!