Dental Implants Services
Dental implants are the most natural-looking and feeling solution for replacing teeth that are missing due to age, injury, or other reasons. Dental implants can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. They can fill in gaps or even replace entire rows of teeth, as a more comfortable, modern, and versatile alternative to traditional dentures and bridges. At Cardinal Dental, Dr. Michels works one-on-one with patients to evaluate their oral health needs while helping them determine the best solution to replacing missing teeth with a variety of customizable dental implant services.
Dental Implant Services
A patient might require one or more Individual dental implants if the patient is missing a single tooth or multiple non-consecutive teeth. Each individual dental implant consists of the anchor or implant portion of the dental implant and a cap or crown.
Also referred to as snap-on dentures, overdentures are similar to traditional dentures because they can be easily removed for cleaning and maintenance. There is, however, one major difference – snap-on dentures are affixed to dental implant anchors rather than set in place using sticky, messy adhesives. An overdenture appears similar to a traditional denture in that it consists of prosthetic dental crowns and a gum-colored base designed to match a patient’s mouth.
Overdentures can be used to replace a portion of missing teeth (similar to a dental bridge), an entire row of teeth, or both the upper and lower rows of teeth. Since overdentures are affixed to dental implants, they fit snuggly, comfortably, and securely in the mouth. Unlike a traditional denture, these require no adhesive. With a firm fit, patients don’t need to worry about the overdenture slipping or causing blisters.
Fixed Teeth (All-On-Four, Six, or Eight)
A more permanent solution to replacing the top row of teeth, the bottom row of teeth, or both is with the all-on-four (six or eight) dental implant concept. Rather than replacing each individual missing tooth with an individual implant, the all-on-four treatment concept replaces an entire row of teeth and anchors them on just four (or more) dental implants.
For patients missing most of their teeth or most of the top or bottom row of their teeth, the all-on-four treatment is usually the best solution. Dr. Michels helps each patient determine whether four, six, or eight is the right choice based on the patient’s needs and structure of the jaw bone. The more dental implants anchoring the bridge of prosthetic teeth, the more stability the patient will enjoy.
Expert Dental Implant Services in La Mesa with Cardinal Dental
To find out whether dental implants might be the perfect solution to replacing your missing teeth and getting the complete smile of your dreams, we welcome you to contact Cardinal Dental in La Mesa today. During your consultation and examination, Dr. Michels will examine your teeth, ask you about your medical history, and discuss your smile goals with you to help you determine the best treatment plan for you. Schedule your appointment today!