New England Dental Implant Supported Tooth Replacement
Replacing lost teeth is essential to maintaining the optimal level of oral health. When teeth are not replaced, patients may experience a number of oral health concerns including dental shifting, loss of gum and bone tissue, and additional tooth loss. Traditional replacement methods only restored the crown of the tooth that was visible above the gum line, but while this dramatically improved the appearance and function of patients’ smiles, it did not prevent the loss of gum and bone tissue. At Admire Dental, our dentistry experts often recommend dental implant supported tooth replacement in order to fully restore lost tooth structure – roots and crown. To find out more, contact our team to schedule a dental implant consultation.
Dental implant tooth replacement is a two phase process. The surgical placement of implant posts that mimic lost root structure is the first phase in this process. The procedure varies based on a number of external factors, but typically, we make an incision in the gums and place the implant post. Then, we attach a healing cap to protect the implant site. In some cases, we’ll also provide a temporary restoration at this time. Over the course of several months, the dental implant bonds to the gum tissue and supportive alveolar bone, acting like the lost root structure. Once this process is complete, patients return to our office where we’ll attach their tooth replacement prosthetic.
Implant-Retained Crowns & Bridges
Patients missing a number of consecutive teeth will more than likely receive an implant support crown or bridge (a number of dental crowns connected to form a single prosthetic). One dental implant can typically be used to support one or two dental crowns, but for patients with three or four consecutive teeth, a fixed bridge with an implant at both ends will likely be recommended for optimal support.
Those patients who have experienced more advanced tooth loss will likely need an implant-retained partial or full denture. Like their traditional versions, these prosthetics are composed from a gum colored base that supports a number of replacement teeth. Partials are shaped to fit between healthy teeth and full dentures are shaped to fit the natural contours of the gum line. Rather than being anchored by healthy teeth or gum tissue, implant-retained dentures are held in place by a number of strategically placed implant posts.
We may recommend All-on-4 or Teeth-in-a-Day for patients who have lost a full row of teeth. All-on-4 is a great way to get a stable denture without the necessity for more advanced preparatory procedures such as bone grafting. Instead, the procedure utilizes the naturally denser bone at the front of the jaw to provide support for the full denture. Two implants are placed vertically to anchor the front of the prosthetic, and two are angled from the back toward the front to support the back of the denture. Teeth-in-a-Day procedures allow us to offer a temporary prosthetic on the same day we place implants, so patients do not need to be without a tooth replacement solution during the healing process.