Tooth Replacement

Conventional treatment options for tooth replacement, crown & bridge and full or partial dentures, address the short-term cosmetic problem of the missing teeth, but do nothing to stop the bone loss. Crown & bridge also requires that two or more healthy teeth be ground down to serve as abutments (anchors) for a bridge, leaving them at a much greater risk for cavities and endodontic failure.With implants, however, healthy teeth are not compromised. Plus, dental implants, like natural teeth, transmit chewing forces to the jaw, stimulating it and halting the bone loss. This is why many leading dental organizations recognize dental implants as the standard of care for tooth replacement.

Dental implants are the only proven way to prevent bone loss after the loss of natural teeth.

  • Cosmetically attractive
  • Healthy teeth remain intact
  • Stops bone loss

Dental implants are the only proven way to prevent bone loss after the loss of natural teeth.

Today’s Dental Implants

Modern dental implants are precision devices, available in several different designs to address your specific needs. The most common type is a titanium screw and abutment that is anchored into the jawbone where it serves as a post for a custom-made tooth crown. Once the crown is in place, you may not be able to tell it apart from your natural teeth.

Single Tooth Replacement

An implant may be used to replace almost any missing tooth, provided there is adequate bone at the site. If not, procedures can usually be performed that regenerate bone to safely place an implant.The implant is placed in the bone below the gum tissue. A temporary abutment may be placed on the implant until the healing phase is complete and a cosmetic temporary crown can often be made to fill the missing space.

After healing, the final abutment is attached to the implant. It will hold a custom-made crown that the dental laboratory will mold and match to your existing teeth.In the final step, the custom crown is cemented onto the abutment. The tooth has been replaced without disturbing the healthy teeth next to it and bone loss has been eliminated.

Multiple Tooth Replacement

Implants can also be used to replace several teeth, eliminating the need to grind down healthy adjacent teeth to serve as posts for traditional crown & bridge therapy.The implants are placed in the bone below the gum tissue. Like single tooth replacement, temporary abutments may be placed on the implants until the healing phase is complete.

Many social functions involve food and eating.

After healing, the final abutments are attached to the implants. They will hold a custom-made bridge that the dental laboratory will mold and match to your existing teeth.In the final step, the custom bridge is cemented onto the abutments. The teeth have been replaced without disturbing the healthy teeth next to them, and bone loss has been halted.

Removable Implant-Supported Prosthesis

If all your upper or lower teeth are missing, multiple implants may be used to support a denture that can be removed by the patient for cleaning.The implants are placed similarly to the single and multi-tooth situations. Your existing denture can be modified so that it may be worn without disturbing the implants during the healing process.

Research shows that implant-supported prostheses increase patient comfort.

You will be fitted for a custom-made bar that attaches to the implants to support a new denture. Your existing denture may be modified to be worn during this period.The new denture will have attachments which snap or clip it into place. Your new teeth are firmly supported by the implants, stimulating the jaw and halting bone loss. You will be able to remove the denture easily for cleaning.

Fixed Implant-Supported Prosthesis

If all your upper or lower teeth are missing, a permanent bridge may be attached directly to the implants. The number of implants is determined by the specific requirements of each case.The implants are placed similarly to the removable implant-supported prosthesis.

Dental implants let you eat the foods you love.

You will be fitted for a custom bridge that screws directly into the implants. The screw holes will be covered after insertion.Your new teeth are firmly supported by the implants, stimulating the jaw and halting bone loss. Your dentist will be able to remove the prosthesis when necessary for cleaning and maintenance.

Implant-Stabilized Denture

If all your lower teeth are missing, another option may be to stabilize your removable denture using a small number of implants. This can sometimes be a more cost effective solution.The implants are placed similarly to the implant-supported prosthesis.

Dental implants can provide stability to your existing loose denture.

After healing, ball-top posts are attached to the implants. Your old denture may be modified to hold clips that snap over the ball-tops, or a new denture with clips will be made.The denture is snapped into place, where it is retained by the implants and supported by the soft tissue. You simply snap the denture out each night for cleaning.

Implant-Supported Over-Dentures

Dental implants can now be used to support removable dentures.Denture wearers have long suffered the embarrassment, pain and inconvenience of loose or ill-fitting dentures. Some patients who have been without their own natural teeth for many years have had changes in the jaw bones that make it impossible to have dentures that can stay in the mouth with any security. This is especially true for the lower jaw.Today, it is considered the standard of care to have at least two dental implants inserted into the jawbone in order to support a denture. This is called an Implant-Supported Over-Denture. The implants are placed into the jawbone and then snap-like anchors are inserted into the implants and into the denture. Once attached, the denture snaps firmly into place in the mouth but can still be removed by the patient for cleaning. This technique has truly changed people’s lives. Research has proven that denture patients who have had implants added in order to support their dentures are much more likely to be well nourished and far more apt to be socially active. Confidence levels soar and emotional health is restored by this simple and relatively inexpensive procedure.

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