Are Dental Implants the Best Way to Replace Teeth?
Many patients report they find it much easier to speak and eat properly after getting dental implants. Implants are fused to the jawbone permanently so there is no risk of slipping and discomfort once the treatment is complete. The implant is designed to look and function just like your real teeth.
What Happens During the Dental Implant Process?
Our oral surgeon on staff, Dr. Victor Kit, performs dental implant surgery in our office and uses digital technology to ensure proper dental implant placement. The titanium post of the implant is fused to the jawbone and attached to an abutment, which is then capped with a custom crown.
Can My Crown or Bridge Be Attached with a Dental Implant?
Crowns and bridges are fantastic restorations on their own – but with dental implants, they are even better. If we’re replacing a single tooth with a dental implant, we’ll use something called an implant-retained crown, which will be made entirely of porcelain and be attached directly to the implant post. This will give you the best of everything, as the crown will look completely natural and be extremely stable thanks to the implant. We can even use implant-retained crowns to form a fixed bridge to replace multiple missing teeth. In the end, they simply are two of the best ways to close the gaps in your smile.
Can My Dentures be Attached Using Dental Implants?
Some denture wearers make the switch to an implant-retained denture to enjoy the benefit of more stability and a better fit. Dentures are secured in place with a set of dental implants so there is no need to use adhesives of any kind. Dental implants also help support the underlying bone, preventing resorption of the bone, which happens with dentures alone.
Implant-retained dentures are secured in place with an attachment connected to a set of dentures fused to the jawbone. Dental implants serve as anchors to prevent dentures from moving or shifting. They can be attached as either of the following:
- Bar-Retained Dentures: Metal bars run along the gum line to create a foundation for the base of the dentures. The bars are attached to the top of the dental implant so the dentures rest firmly and securely on top.
- Ball-Retained Dentures: A ball-and-socket mechanism connects the base of the denture to the top of the implant and provides a very secure fit. This ensures the dentures do not shift, slip, or move in any way.
If you’re currently dealing with missing teeth, as in hiding your smile and adjusting your food choices, dental implants are simply the best way to rebuild your smile. They’ll look great, last a lifetime, and give you decades of daily benefits. To learn more and start getting your smile back today, please contact us for a consultation.