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Dental Implants

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What is a Dental Implant?

Used as replacements for teeth, dental implants are small anchors made of a biocompatible metal called titanium that are placed in the jawbone. During the implant placement appointment, the gums will be completely numbed before a small incision is made where the implant will be. Then, a hole is carefully drilled into the jawbone, and the implant is placed. The healing process requires a few weeks, during which the gums will heal, and the titanium implant will begin to fuse with the jawbone, which is called osseointegration. Once the implant has healed, we will attach a custom crown that is designed to blend in flawlessly with the surrounding teeth on top of the implant.
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Implant Supported Bridges

Implant Supported Bridge

An implant supported bridge is a restorative solution for spaces where three or more adjacent teeth are missing. This restoration typically requires two implants to support the porcelain bridge. The bridge provides a functional and aesthetic replacement for a patient’s natural teeth.

What are the advantages of an implant supported bridge?

Because of the natural look and feel of the porcelain and the functional stability provided by the implants, implant supported bridges are an effective solution to replace multiple missing teeth.

A traditional bridge uses teeth on either side of the gap where teeth are missing for support. An implant supported bridge uses two or more dental implants rather than the adjacent teeth. When a bridge uses natural teeth for attachment, the natural teeth must be prepped for crowns and are then subject to increased stress which may be damaging – particularly if the existing tooth, roots, or surrounding bone structure are already compromised. A dental implant supported bridge replaced your missing teeth and avoids putting any additional stress on your natural teeth.

Implant Supported Dentures

For patients missing many or all of their teeth, implant retained or implant supported dentures may be an alternative to traditional dentures. These solutions can simulate the look and feel of natural teeth and stay fixed in place with the implants acting as anchors. Using implants for retention or the support of dentures allows for a smaller and more comfortable base and less shifting of the prosthesis during use.

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Implant Supported Dentures
An implant supported denture requires the placement of four to six dental implants as “anchors” to provide a sturdier fit and minimal mobility for your denture. No adhesives and pastes are needed to secure your new denture, so you can eat and speak with comfort and confidence. For qualifying patients, our doctors may be able to complete the removal of all teeth and the placement of a temporary arch on the same day.
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Implant Retained Dentures
Available for full or partial dentures, implant retained dentures require the placement of two or more dental implants to secure the dentures in the mouth. With implant retained dentures, there is no plate covering the roof of the mouth, so speaking and eating are more natural and comfortable than with traditional dentures. If a removable denture is selected, the denture will “snap” onto the implant and can be removed for cleaning at night.

Who is a good candidate for dental implants?

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Dental implants require patients to be in general good health and have a healthy jawbone for the implant to fuse with. Patients with autoimmune disorders are not always good candidates because dental implants require a lot of healing, and a slower healing process is not always ideal. Patients should also avoid using tobacco products during their implant process. Implants are often a great choice for many patients, so if you’re interested in replacing one or more teeth with dental implants, please schedule a consultation with our office!

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