Single-Tooth vs. Full Arch Implants

If you have one missing tooth and good oral health, the math is easy: you can get a dental implant to restore your smile. But, are implants still an option if you have multiple missing teeth?

Keep reading to learn the difference between single-tooth and full-arch implants and how to choose the right one for you. 

What Is a Single-Tooth Implant? 

As the name suggests, a single-tooth implant will replace an individual tooth. 

The dentist will place a metal post into your jawbone to create the base of the implant. You will need to wait for six months for the osseointegration process to be completed. This is a crucial stage of the dental implant treatment during which the metal post integrates with the bone and soft tissue, becoming part of your body. 

Once the dentist is certain that the metal post can act as a sturdy foundation for the implant, they will place the crown and restore your tooth. 

What Are Full Arch Implants? 

If you have multiple missing teeth, getting single-tooth implants is both invasive and expensive. Your dentist will recommend a full arch implant instead. 

This is a restoration treatment that involves getting between four and eight dental implants to fully restore one or both arches. 

So, for example, if you have several missing teeth on your upper arch, the dentist will place four implants and then use them to support a set of dentures. This will restore both the appearance and functionality of your mouth. 

Which One Is Right for You? 

If you have just one or two missing teeth, getting single-tooth implants is the way to go. But, if you've lost several or most of your teeth, full arch implants make both more economical and medical sense. 

Why opt for full arch implants when you could also restore your smile using a dental bridge or dentures? 

While these are certainly viable options, full arch implants offer added benefits: 

  • They require the same oral care as your natural teeth. Dentures, for example, must be taken out every night, cleaned, and stored in a cup of plain water. 
  • They are more durable and will last longer than a dental bridge or dentures. While the crowns may need to be replaced every 15 years or so, the actual implants have the potential to last a lifetime with proper care. 
  • They feel more natural. Both dentures and bridges need a bit of time to adjust to them. Because the implants are inserted into the jawbone, they won't feel any different from your natural teeth. 

Still Not Sure Which One Is Right for You? 

Restoring missing teeth requires a lot of research since you will have to live with your decision for a long time. Dr. Alexander Cox will ensure that you will get the right restorative treatment for your specific needs. 

Get in touch with us online or call us at (914) 723-1186 to book your appointment.