IMPLANTS

Single Tooth Dental Implants

If you are missing a single tooth, one implant and a crown can replace it. A dental implant replaces both the lost natural tooth and its root.

What are the advantages of a single-tooth implant over a bridge?

A dental implant provides several advantages over other tooth replacement options. In addition to looking and functioning like a natural tooth, a dental implant replaces a single tooth without sacrificing the health of neighboring teeth. The other common treatment for the loss of a single tooth, a tooth-supported fixed bridge, requires that adjacent teeth be reduced to support the cemented bridge.

Because a dental implant will replace your tooth root, the bone is better preserved. With a bridge, some of the bone that previously surrounded the tooth begins to resorb (deteriorate). Dental implants integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact.

In the long term, a single implant can be more esthetic and easier to keep clean than a bridge. Gums can recede around a bridge, leaving a visible defect when the metal base or collar of the bridge becomes exposed. Resorbed bone beneath the bridge can lead to an unattractive smile. And, the cement holding the bridge in place can wash out, allowing bacteria to decay the teeth that anchor the bridge.

How will the implant be placed?

First, the implant, which looks like a screw or cylinder, is placed into your jaw. Over the next two to six months, the implant and the bone are allowed to bond together to form an anchor for your artificial tooth. During this time, a temporary tooth replacement option can be worn over the implant site.

Often, a second step of the procedure is necessary to uncover the implant and attach an extension. This temporary healing cap completes the foundation on which your new tooth will be placed. Your gums will be allowed to heal for a couple of weeks following this procedure.

Finally, a replacement tooth called a crown will be created for you by your dentist and attached to a small metal post,called an abutment. After a short time, you will experience restored confidence in your smile and your ability to chew and speak. Dental implants are natural-looking and feeling that you may forget you ever lost a tooth.

Every case is different, and some of these steps can be combined when conditions permit. Your dental professional will work with you to determine the best treatment plan.

Over-dentures for Implant

Our removable implant solutions provide you with reliable restorations that utilize the latest technology for a reasonable and consistent price. Implant overdentures are indicated for patients who desire a more stable prosthesis that improves retention, function, and speech. The Locator® Implant Overdenture is indicated when there are at least two implants in place, and is most common in the mandible. The Inclusive® Locator CAD/CAM Milled Bar Overdenture distributes occlusal loads more evenly across four or more implants, making it ideal for patients with a heavy bite or when the implants have been placed in softer bone. 

Implant Supported Fixed Bridge

The effects of losing your teeth can be devastating. There is a way to recover your missing teeth and regain the self-confidence that comes with smile. Full mouth dental implants are implants used if you are missing all of your teeth. One of the procedures that can be done is called implant supported fixed bridge.

The procedure for implant supported fixed bridge takes more time than a single implant. Most cases you will have multiple implants placed into your jaw bone. It will take about 2 to 6 months for the implants to bond and to form an anchor for your bridge. You will have to anticipate about 8-10 office visits. The amount of visits all depends on each case and specific conditions. You will be wearing temporary teeth while the implants are healing. The second part of this procedure is necessary to uncover the implants and attach extensions. These steps allow a foundation for the new teeth to be placed. Most patients have reported that the procedure was much more comfortable than they had thought it would be.

A fixed bridge on implants is a great permanent solution. The bridge is completely customized to each patient’s needs and situation. This implant supported bridge is non removable from the mouth by the patient. It is also palateless which means nothing will be covering the roof of your mouth. You can replace a full set of missing teeth with dental implants and a fixed bridge. This creates a natural highly esthetic look and is a stable permanent fix to missing teeth. This procedure will let you eat and function like having natural teeth. It also preserves your facial appearance and prevents bone loss. Before dental implants there was no other fixed bridge solution for missing teeth, with the advancement in modern dentistry it is now possible to replace a full set of teeth. Dental implants with a fixed bridge offer a permanent, reliable, secure, natural looking, and beautiful solution. We feel that the fixed bridge implant is the leading oral restoration procedure in replacing a full set of missing teeth.

At Crystal Smiles, we will explain all of the options and features of implant dentistry, so that you can decide what is best for you!