For patients missing a single tooth, a bridge on your own teeth or an implant are the treatment options.
An implant is most similar to a natural tooth. Adjacent teeth do not have to be cut down for an implant. They are easy to clean with regular brushing and flossing and can last 30+ years with proper care.
A bridge is 3 or more crowns splinted together with a false tooth to replace the tooth you are missing. Fixed bridges are cemented in place (they are not removable), and require extra effort to clean under them. Although they are sometimes still used to replace missing teeth, they may not be the best option for you, since there is a risk to the neighboring teeth that have to be prepared for the bridge to fit. Bridges generally have to be replaced every 10-15 years.
Bone grafting is used to prepare a site for dental implants that are needed to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Bone, in an area where teeth have been lost, naturally shrinks or resorbs over time, both in height and width. As a result, new bone must be grafted to create a secure site for placing implants and to achieve aesthetic results.
For years, the bone needed for grafting procedure had to be taken from another part of your jaw or body, requiring additional surgery. Today, bone grafting materials may be used in place of your own bone, with no additional surgery required. For over 35 years, processed grafts have been safely used in more than three million procedures.
Single Posterior Implant
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A "sinus lift" is a bone-grafting procedure that's required when the quantity of bone found in a patient's upper jaw is inadequate to accommodate the length of a dental implant.
When this procedure is performed, a portion of the sinus is filled in with bone grafting material. The result is a thicker sinus floor into which a tooth implant can then be placed.
Implant vs. Bridge
Using a titanium post and a porcelain crown, a dental implant restores both your tooth and your root, protecting the integrity of your oral health. The biocompatible post is surgically placed into your bone where it’s allowed to heal, integrate, and create a stable foundation for your new tooth.
After the appropriate healing time, your new crown attaches to your implant and will function just like your natural tooth. You’ll be able to eat, chew, and brush your tooth just as you were used to doing.
Many people who are missing teeth struggle with ill-fitting, uncomfortable dentures or retainers with false teeth. If you know what this feels like and are ready for a solution, we have one for you! We can give your smile a second chance through dental implant restorations. Implants can resolve the practical and social problems associated with dentures. They are effective in stabilizing dentures to fit better, feel better, look better, and chew better. A dental implant will never decay or need a root canal. With proper home care a dental implant can last a lifetime, which makes it an ideal long term solution. Healthy implants can even prevent bone loss. In addition to denture stabilization, implants can be used to replace multiple missing teeth as well as a single tooth. Call us to find out more about how this superb option in implant dentistry could change your life.
Locator Retained Overdenture
An implant overdenture fits over a dental implant with an attachment that provides you with excellent stability and retention of your complete dentures. The denture can "snap" into place to afford you more comfort and improved chewing ability.
The implant-retained denture is removable to facilitate cleaning of the implant supporting structure and the implants. Overdentures can be made to look extremely natural and feel comfortable.