The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are designed to give you more natural results by replacing your missing tooth roots in addition to your missing teeth. Once in place, they’ll preserve and strengthen your jaw by preventing bone loss. Stopping bone loss is essential to enjoying better oral and overall wellbeing. What’s more, implants allow you to eat virtually anything. With your treatment complete, you can finally enjoy a diverse diet again.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
Do you want to know if dental implants or mini dental implants are right for you? While many patients are perfect candidates for treatment, not everyone is. During a special consultation, we’ll assess the health and strength of your jaw and make a treatment recommendation. If implants aren’t right for you, we’d be happy to discuss alternative solutions.
Single Dental Implant Tooth Replacement
If you’re missing just one tooth, the traditional replacement method would be a fixed bridge prosthetic, but bridges require the removal of healthy tooth structure to provide support for the replacement tooth. A dental implant supported dental crown may provide a viable alternative for some patients. We simply place an implant post to mimic the lost tooth root. Once this implant post has fused with the jaw and gums, we attach a custom crafted dental crown that will look just like your lost tooth. Once in place, you can care for your implant supported dental crown just like you would a healthy, natural tooth. Most patients maintain these replacement teeth for the rest of their lives.
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Dental Implant Supported Fixed Bridges
To replace two to four consecutive teeth, we will likely recommend an implant supported fixed bridge. Traditional fixed bridges use dental crowns on either side of a replacement tooth for support, and implant supported bridges are very similar. The important difference is that, rather than attaching to healthy teeth, the bridge is anchored with dental implants. To replace two consecutive teeth, we may be able to fuse together the replacement teeth and anchor them to the same implant post. For three or more missing teeth in a row, a fixed bridge will need to be attached to at least two implant posts, one on each end. Once in place, you can care for your implant retained denture much like you do your natural teeth. In some cases, you’ll need to use a special type of floss to clean between the prosthetic and the gum line.
Implant Retained Partial and Full Dentures
Patients with more advanced tooth loss including numerous consecutive and nonconsecutive teeth and full rows of teeth will need to consider a partial or full implant supported denture. Both partials and full dentures rely on a gum-colored base material to support numerous teeth as part of one tooth replacement prosthetic. Partial dentures are molded to fit snuggly between teeth, and traditional partials are held in place with metal clasps that attach to remaining teeth. Traditional full dentures are formed to fit against the gum line, which creates suction that holds the denture in place. Implant retained partials and full dentures can typically be help in place with two to five implant posts. Once in pace, your fixed denture can be brushed daily as usual, and you will need to visit our office every six months. We’ll examine and make adjustments to your fixed denture as needed during these appointments.
Call Washington Dental Associates or Smile More Dentistry to reserve your consultation. We offer complete implant care to patients from Tappan, NY as well as Bergenfield, Dumont, New Milford, Teaneck, Cresskill, and Tenafly, New Jersey.
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