Dental implant supported tooth replacement has transformed the way we restore teeth following tooth loss or severe damage. Unlike other tooth replacement options that only repair the visible portions of teeth, dental implants allow us to replace the root structure of teeth to provide support for dental prosthetics. Whether you’re missing a single tooth or a full row of teeth, dental implants may offer you a natural looking and feeling tooth replacement solution. Call our team to schedule a dental implant consultation.
Dental implant tooth replacement is completed over two phases. The first phase of treatment is the surgical placement of implant posts. For this part of treatment, we’ll work with a local oral surgeon or periodontist. These dental specialists have advanced training that allows them to place the surgical implant posts safely and successfully. Following the surgical implant placement procedure, you’ll need to wait for the implant to fuse with the jawbone. This process is known as osseointegration, and it’s what makes the dental implant post function like natural tooth roots.
Once the implant is firmly integrated, you’ll return to our office where we’ll attach your restoration. For those patients who are missing a single tooth or several consecutive teeth, dental implant-retained crowns and bridges may be the best restoration option. For those who are missing a single tooth, one implant post can be used to support a dental crown. In some cases, two crowns can be fused together and attached to a single implant. Patients missing three or four consecutive teeth, will need at least two implants, one at each end of the fixed bridge restoration.
If you’ve experienced more extensive tooth loss, we may recommend an All-on-4 denture. These full arch tooth replacement solutions allow us to restore an entire row of lost teeth with a denture that is supported by 4 implants. The unique All-on-4 system utilizes the anterior portion of the jaws, that are naturally denser. Two implants are placed vertically to support the front of the denture, and two are angled from the back to the front of the jaw supporting the back teeth.