Dental implants have revolutionized the field of prosthodontics! If you are in need of a single tooth replacement, or if you are replacing multiple teeth, implant restoration may be the ideal solution. Thanks to advancements in technology and techniques, implants can be used to support a single crown, a partial bridge, or even a full-arch restoration. At Dr. Julie Phillips Prosthodontics, we specialize in implant restorations because we want our patients to have the best possible care.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a small threaded post that is placed surgically (typically by an oral surgeon or periodontist) to replace the root of a natural tooth. Implants are available in either titanium metal, or a non-metal ceramic material. Once placed, the bone will heal and then fuse to the threads of the implant through a process known as osseointegration. This natural healing process allows the implant to be held firmly and permanently in the jaw. Once stabilized, this connection will be strong enough to allow the implant to support a dental prosthetic including a dental crown, bridge, or denture.
Osseointegration can take quite a while to get to a place that the implant is firmly stabilized, it can range from 2-6 months, we will confirm the connection at checkup appointments. With the implant firm, the prosthodontic portion of your treatment can resume. Completion of your restoration may involve multiple steps including finalizing the design, implant impression, and placement of the final restoration. The exact treatment sequence varies based on the individual circumstance. We will help you understand the process and timing involved for your particular treatment.
Types Of Implant Restorations
The number of missing teeth, the health of your jawbone, and the location of the restoration will dictate the type of implant restoration you can receive. During your initial consultation, Julie A. Phillips, DDS, MS will be able to determine which restoration is right for you. Types of implant restorations include:
An implant-supported crown is an excellent way to replace a single missing tooth and is an excellent alternative to a traditional bridge or 'flipper'. Replacing a single missing tooth with an implant is the healthier option for the supporting bone and the neighboring teeth. Single implants reestablish connection with the bone and don’t rely on neighboring teeth for support.
A fixed bridge may be supported by implants to replace multiple missing teeth. A traditional dental bridge relies on anchors on either end, if a patient is missing multiple teeth, we can create anchors with dental implants, or a mix of natural teeth and implants, which will then be covered with crowns on both anchors and false teeth between.
If you are missing all or most of your teeth, we typically recommend a full-arch restoration. This means the placement of a full denture that can be retained using an implant system. There are multiple options to implant-supported dentures including:
An overdenture allows the patient to stabilize their denture for a firm hold, yet still be removable when needed. It uses a snap mechanism to set in place.
Complete Fixed Bridge
We can replace multiple missing teeth with the use of healthy teeth or dental implants, or a mix of both, to stabilize a bridge.
Implant Supported Dentures
Similar to an overdenture, an implant supported denture refers to a system that allows for both a stable denture that can also be removed. This system includes the Ball Retained Denture that snaps on and off and the Bar Retained Denture that has a bar system to hook the denture on and off. Implant supported dentures provide a much more stable denture device.
This implant retained denture system uses five tapered, cone shaped attachments to set your denture in place. This system allows for a stable and removable denture.
All-on-4® Treatment Concept
The All on 4 system sets a denture device permanently in place. The denture will not be removable. The advantages include one day treatment, a bone graft procedure is not necessary for the All on 4, because it uses longer implants that are set at an angle to grasp denser bone. The procedure is completed in one day.
Benefits Of Implant Restorations
Implant-supported restorations have several benefits over more traditional options. Some of these benefits include:
||Durability: Implant-supported restorations are perhaps the most durable replacement option available. With the proper care and maintenance, your implant could even last a lifetime.
||Convenience: Many implant-supported restorations can be maintained similar to your natural teeth, with regular brushing, flossing, and professional checkups. Other appliances may require special cleaning techniques. Implant supported devices come with both removable and permanent options depending on your medical or simply preferred needs.
||Aesthetics: We use the finest restorative materials available today, assuring your restoration will blend with your natural teeth. Besides the look of your teeth, implant retained devices help your bone stay robust, keeping your facial shape more youthful looking.
||Comforty: Because the implant supports the restoration, discomfort or irritation to the gums can be reduced or eliminated.
||Long Term Oral Health: Implant restorations are not attached to adjacent natural teeth so long-term negative effects on these teeth can be minimized. Implants also help stimulate the supporting bone helping reduce bone loss over time. Dental implants are more than just a restoration, they are a reconstruction of your natural system. By rebuilding, we are helping you have a healthier mouth.
||Success Rate: Implant procedures have a super high success rate of 95 to 98 percent. This is the highest of any other type of restoration. As long as you qualify for treatment and follow our guidelines, your implant restoration should be a success!
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If you would like to learn more about implant restorations, we are happy to help! Call 336-274-5400 to schedule your consultation appointment today!