Dental Implant Restorations
Dental implants are a restorative treatment option for missing teeth. Implants permanently fuse to the surrounding teeth, making them a long-term dental solution and an alternative to dentures.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small anchors made from titanium, an orally biocompatible metal. The implant is placed in the tooth bone by one of our dental experts. This is typically a surgical process in which the implant is positioned into your jawbone. Over the course of a few months, the implant begins to fuse with the bone for long-term use. This fusing process is known as osseointegration, and it involves the stimulation of bone growth in the area around the implant. Osseointegration can help prevent future bone loss in the mouth.
Dental implants are used to replace tooth roots in the mouth. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth, greatly aiding in the treatment of missing teeth. Additionally, a dental implant can alleviate the sunken look that often occurs with bone loss in the jaw.
After your mouth has healed from the placement of the implant, we create a custom abutment, which fits into the implant and holds the dental crown. The abutment is screwed into the implant, and a custom crown, made using our CAD/CAM computer, is permanently attached to replace the missing tooth or teeth. This entire restorative dental procedure can be completed in our office in just one visit!
What Types of Dental Implants Are Available?
Implant Supported Bridge
An implant supported bridge is a restorative solution for areas with two or more missing adjacent teeth. The bridge replaces multiple adjacent missing teeth without the use of a denture. This restoration typically requires two implants to support the porcelain bridge, and the bridge provides a functional and aesthetic replacement for the patient’s natural teeth.
Implant Supported Dentures
Implant supported dentures can be either fixed or removable. This solution requires the placement of two or more implants. If a removable denture is selected, the denture will “snap” on to the implant rather than requiring the use of denture paste or adhesives. Removable dentures can be taken out for cleaning at night.
Implant supported dentures offer many advantages over traditional dentures. For one, they’re easy to care for and stay fixed in place with the implants acting as anchors. Implant supported dentures also create the look and feel of natural teeth, helping patients get back to life as usual. Patients with implant supported dentures won’t experience the rocking, movement, and gum irritation associated with traditional dentures.
Single Tooth Implants
A single tooth implant can be used to replace one missing tooth. This type of implant doesn’t include the treatment of any of your other teeth, and it fits securely in your mouth for a natural feel. A single tooth dental implant has the look and feel of a natural tooth.
Full Arch With Only Four Implants
An implant supported full arch is a unique implant solution that allows patients who are missing all of their upper or lower teeth to replace a full arch of teeth using just four implants as anchors. With this procedure, patients can leave our office on the same day with a full arch of teeth. With fewer office visits, an implant supported full arch cuts down on the overall cost and healing time for patients.
Additionally, with an implant supported full arch, there isn’t a plate covering the roof of the mouth. This makes speaking and eating more natural and comfortable when compared to a traditional denture.
Contact us today to learn more about how implant restorations can help you regain your natural smile.