Losing a tooth can significantly influence the confidence in your smile. Losing several can be devastating. Like any dental disease, addressing tooth loss early is your best chance of preventing further damage. If you’re familiar with dental implants, then you probably realize the importance of replacing your tooth’s root as well as its crown. However, knowing the benefits of a dental implant may beg the question, how many teeth can a dental implant replace? The answer is anywhere from one tooth to all of your teeth, and your Park Ridge implant dentist, Dr. Loukas, explains how.
The Beauty of Diversity
Tooth loss can occur in a variety of patterns, differing in the amount and placement of the teeth lost. To restore the visible portion of your smile, Dr. Loukas can custom-design a dental bridge, partial, or full denture (depending on your specific needs) that exactly matches your pattern of tooth loss. By contrast, a dental implant is not designed to replace your teeth’s visible parts (crowns), but rather the roots underneath that once supported your teeth.
A dental implant is surgically inserted into your jawbone where your tooth’s roots were. Once healed, your implant(s) serve as prosthetic tooth roots upon which Dr. Loukas can attach your replacement teeth. Whether you’ve lost one, a few, several, or all of your teeth, dental implants lay the foundation for your dental prosthesis, anchoring them as securely as healthy natural teeth.
Learn More About Dental Implants from Your Park Ridge Dentist
If you’ve lost one or more teeth and would like to learn more about the best option to replace them, speak with Dr. Loukas about your eligibility for dental implants. You can schedule an appointment with your Park Ridge implant dentist by calling Loukas General Dentistry at (847) 696-1919. Located in the 60068 area, we proudly serve patients from Park Ridge and the surrounding Chicago communities.