If you’re missing teeth or have decaying teeth that need to be replaced, dental implants could be right for you. Having gaps caused by tooth loss can affect more than just your appearance. This could also cause bad dental hygiene and even affect the way you eat and speak.
A dental implant is made up of a screw-like fixture that integrates with your jawbone through a process called osseointegration. We then attach a connector abutment and complete your smile with a porcelain crown that allows you to leave our office with a healthy, new smile.
Some of the advantages you receive from dental implants include enhanced facial features, refined tone of your jaw muscle, and improved eating and speaking abilities. Many people have also found that they gain more confidence after having their teeth restored with dental implants.
The single and multi-tooth replacement process is the foundation for all implant solutions. This procedure is completed after Dr. Kontos creates a customized treatment plan using our advanced implant technology. During your procedure, Dr. Kontos will offer a form of anesthesia to ensure you feel no pain.
When multiple teeth need to be replaced at a time, Dr. Kontos will implant a bridge. We call it a bridge because implant fixtures are used to bond on the outside teeth so they can connect with the tooth in the middle.
Placing your single tooth replacement or implant bridge is made up of three main steps:
First, a titanium implant fixture is inserted directly into the jawbone.
Second, a connector piece called the abutment is attached to the titanium implant fixture.
Third, a porcelain crown designed to look like a tooth is attached to the abutment.
When someone needs a full arch of teeth replaced and restored, we use 4 to 6 implants to secure your new restorations. This method is more effective than replacing each tooth individually and offers a permanent solution compared to removable dentures.
Sometimes, the number of implant fixtures used depends on the existing jawbone density you retain. We generally use at least four implants to replace a full arch, but the number of implants can go up to six based on the amount of lost jawbone.
For patients who would rather keep their removable dentures but want them to be more secure throughout the day, we offer implant-supported dentures. Traditional dentures are attached to the gums and can cause bone loss, but implant-supported dentures help preserve it.
During this procedure, Dr. Kontos will use the same steps as the full arch replacement. Instead of the porcelain crowns, however, he will attach a thin metal bar to the abutments so your dentures can fit over the bar securely.
If any of these implant solutions sound beneficial for you, then you may be a candidate for dental implants. We also offer supplemental procedures available if we need to better prepare your mouth to successfully secure your dental implants.
Contact us to schedule an appointment or if you have any more questions about the implant process.
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