Single Tooth vs Full Arch Implants

Restoring a missing tooth is easier than ever before with the help of dental implants. An implant post that will be inserted into your jaw will function just like the regular root of a tooth. 

But, what if you have more than just one missing tooth? Should you get individual dental implants or a full arch implant? 

This article from Woburn Dental Associates together with a consultation with one of our dentists will help you make the right decision. 

How Does a Single Tooth Implant Work? 

In the case of a single tooth implant, the dentist will make an incision in your gum and jaw tissues and insert a metal post based on your treatment plan. If you have more than just one missing tooth, then they will make the incision several times, for each missing tooth. 

You will then have to wait for up to 6 months for the implant to fuse with your jawbone and become a reliable support for the crown. 

Once the dentist is sure that the implant is a good replacement for your missing teeth's roots, they will place the crown and restore the appearance and functionality of your teeth. 

How About a Full-Arch Implant? 

If you have several missing teeth, then your dentist may recommend a full-arch implant. 

It works similarly to a single implant, the main difference being that you will get between four and eight implants per row of teeth. So, for example, in the case of a full-arch implant that involves 4 implants, the dentist will place the implants at an angle so that they can offer proper support for the crowns. Once the implants have fused with the jawbone, the dentist will attach the crowns. 

Which One Is Right for You? 

If you only have one or two missing teeth, then single implants make the most sense for you. But, if you have multiple missing teeth, then a full-arch implant is the most effective solution. Not only that it's more cost-effective, but it creates less discomfort and requires fewer visits too. 

But, why opt for a full-arch implant and not a denture bridge? While dental bridges are a good way to replace missing teeth and restore your teeth, they don't have the same lifespan as full-arch dental implants. Moreover, dentures don't feel very natural and a lot of people can't get used to the sensation of having an object in their mouth. 

Not Sure Which Option Is Right for You? Call Us Now! 

Getting dental implants represents a big investment and commitment so you want to ensure that you are making the right choice. At Woburn Dental Associates, we will explore various restorative options and help you understand if dental implants are right for you. 

If you want to book your consultation, fill out the online contact form on our website or call us at (781) 933-0422. 

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