The implant is a wonderful advancement in the field of dentistry. It has allowed for patients who have lost a tooth (or teeth) to comfortably and confidently restore it back its original size, shape and feel. A dental implant does not come out of your mouth. It is an artificial root that is placed in the bone and allowed to heal for 3-4 months.
Once osseous integration (healing) of the implant has occurred, the dentist can complete restoration of the implant by placing an abutment and crown. Implants are one of the best ways to try and recreate your original dentition that has been lost.
An implant supported fixed partial denture or implant bridge is cemented into place and remains in your mouth all of the time. This is a great option for patients who have multiple missing teeth (3 or more) and would like to replace them with a highly aesthetic, highly functional, highly predictable restorative option.
A denture is a span of false teeth that replace missing teeth. This can be fixed (cemented bridge) or removable (take out at night) and may be as short as two teeth or as long as an entire arch. Fixed means that the implants are placed in the mouth and the teeth are cemented or screwed to the implants and cannot be removed.
These types of restorations are typically made out of porcelain and have a superior aesthetic value compared to a removable resin based denture. They also give the edentulous (without teeth) patient total confidence they need to chew and smile without worrying about teeth becoming displaced and falling out.
You care for them much like your original teeth with routine dental exams and cleanings. Many times these types of prosthetics are referred to as All on Four, full mouth rehabilitation, or roundhouse bridge.
An implant denture does come in and out. For denture wearers, this option is a game changer when it comes to this significant improvement over conventional dentures. These dentures are equipped with a friction lock called a precision attachment.
The precision attachment guides and locks the denture securely into implants. Patients using this option are afforded the opportunity to eat and smile and talk with confidence that their denture will remain stable.
When a person is missing one or more teeth and the edentulous space (area where teeth are not present) is surrounded by teeth on either side, then we can use a tooth retained fixed partial denture (bridge). The two teeth on either side of the edentulous space are prepared for crowns. The two crowns are then fused together with an additional crown.
The result is the appearance that three (or more) teeth exist in the area where only two teeth were previously. This restoration is cemented in place (fixed) and does not come out.
Conventional dentures are made to order here. We have the ability to match appropriate teeth with each patient’s facial profile. A successful denture is not only functional and stable but it is also aesthetic. It follows the smile line and allows our patients to show a beautiful smile that they can be proud of.
We highly recommend combining any conventional denture treatment plan with implants to support them so that you can eat, smile, and talk without concerns about the teeth moving around.
Conventional partial dentures are made to order here. We have the ability to match appropriate teeth with each patient’s facial profile. A successful partial denture is not only functional and stable but it is also aesthetic. It follows the smile line and allows our patients to show a beautiful smile that they can be proud of.
We highly recommend combining any conventional partial denture treatment plan with implants to support them so that you can eat, smile, and talk without concerns about the teeth moving around. This will greatly improve your function.