Our office works every week with local surgical teams to replace missing teeth with dental implants. Dental implants are quickly becoming the replacement option of choice for missing teeth, whether one or many. While they take more time and often, more initial expense, dental implants offer some distinct advantages over traditional bridges and dentures.
For single missing teeth, dental implants provide a one tooth solution to a one tooth problem.
Implants do not get cavities. However, they can get gum disease. So, yes, you still have to clean them.
Depending on the number of implants, the stability of a denture can increase all the way to having no pressure on the gums.
There are many tooth replacement options that can be built on the foundation of a dental implant. While these options vary greatly on an individual basis, below you can find some general information about the implant supported and retained options that dentistry, including our office, can provide.
The most common type of tooth replacement, this option uses a single implant and a single crown to replace a single missing tooth. Instead of glue, the crown is held in place by a small titanium screw that is permanently sealed into your tooth.
Just like we can put bridges on teeth, we can put bridges on dental implants. This can range from the replacement of three teeth supported by two dental implants, all the way to an entire arch of teeth on usually eight implants.
On as few as two implants, a new or existing denture can be adapted to snap onto dental implants using what is essentially an O-ring system. This allows greatly improved denture stability, although the gums are still the primary supporter of chewing function. You are able to remove the denture all on your own to clean it.
A fixed-hybrid denture replaces all the teeth, and the dental implants support all of your daily functions. This options is screwed permanently into place and can only be removed by a dentist.
Our office works closely with you and the surgical team to come up with a customized plan for you.
The surgeon prepares the bone and places the dental implant or implants.
Once healing is complete, our office custom designs your replacement tooth or teeth.