Dental Implants

Illustration of dental implants

Single Tooth Replacement

Dental implants are, in most cases, the ideal way to replace a missing tooth. A dental implant functions as a tooth root replacement. Single tooth implants can be used to replace front or back teeth. While other replacement options restore function of chewing by

20%-60%, an implant functions like a tooth. Once placed and allowed to integrate with the bone, this small titanium fixture becomes the foundation to support a crown or replacement tooth. A dental implant is as functional as a natural tooth, it can be flossed, brushed and mimics a natural tooth, aside from the fact that it will never get a cavity.

This treatment usually consists of three stages; Planning, Placement of the implant, and Restoration of the implant crown. with approximately 3-5 months for integration between time of placement and restoration of the final crown.

Multiple Tooth Replacement

Many patients present with larger areas of missing teeth. In these situations where multiple teeth are missing, implants can be used more conservatively. If three teeth are missing, many times, two implants can be used to replace three teeth. By doing this we can lower the overall cost of treatment. Implants are more than capable of carrying the load restoring routine function.

Implant Supported Dentures

For both current denture wearers and those patient in need of a complete rehabilitation of either upper teeth, lower teeth, this is an excellent solution. At about half the cost of a full non-removable implant treatment plan, Implant supported dentures provide a very sturdy and esthetic solution. Most patients can use four implants for the upper jaw and three or four for the lower jaw. These implants are then outfitted with a precision attachment which allows a custom denture to “snap” into place. Once in place the patient will benefit from a denture that does not shift or move around, providing superior retention and function.

Full Arch Fixed Bridges

For current denture wearers or those in need of a full arch of teeth replacement that do not want to consider a removable option, this is the only way to go. Six to twelve implants for the upper jaw arch and five to ten on the lower jaw arch are utilized. On this foundation various types of materials are chosen based on the patients needs to create an esthetic non-removable tooth replacement. Treatment options like this require a great deal of planning but can provide an unmatched result.

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