Dental Implants: Permanent, Secure Tooth Replacement
When permanent teeth are lost, regardless of the reason or number of teeth, dental implants can offer a “new lease on life.” They are superior to other choices because they are solid, secure, and aesthetic. After nearly 35 years of use, they have a 90-95% proven success rate in appropriately chosen cases.
An implant is a special surgical grade titanium post, manufactured to highly precise specifications under strictly sterile conditions, that is inserted surgically into the jawbone below the gum surface. With the proper use of the newest anesthetics and medications, you need not be concerned about pain. As the bone bonds to the post, it forms a secure foundation onto which your new teeth can be attached and shaped to match your mouth. Implants can help replace a single tooth all the way to a full set of teeth. The number of teeth being replaced will determine the best kind of restoration for you.
Single-Tooth Dental Implant
Traditionally, individual teeth were replaced by creating a fixed bridge. These dental prosthetics are created by attaching two dental crowns, one on each side, to a replacement tooth. Then, the entire fixed bridge prosthetic is cemented into place over the top of healthy teeth that provide support for the replacement tooth. Unfortunately, this meant we needed to remove healthy tooth structure from the surrounding teeth to support the fixed bridge prosthetic. For patients who choose dental implant supported single tooth replacement, the surrounding teeth are protected and the lost tooth root is replaced. We begin by placing one dental implant post. Then, patients will need to wait for three to six months to allow the implant to fuse with the jawbone. Once the fusion process is complete, patients can return to our office where we’ll attach a custom dental crown. In some cases, a single implant post can also be used to support two fused together dental crowns to replace two consecutive teeth.
All-On-4 Dental Implants
This procedure allows a patient to get a full implant-retained denture using just 4 strategically placed posts. It’s ideal for patients who do not have enough healthy jawbone to support traditional implant dentures. With this treatment, the implants and the denture can often be placed in just one visit, making it one of the most efficient and effective ways to completely restore a smile. Usually, the only regret patients have is that they didn’t come to see Dr. Gregory sooner!
If you’re ready to say “goodbye” to the gaps in your smile, do not hesitate to call Dr. Virginia Gregory to be evaluated for dental implants.