If you are missing a tooth and are self-conscious about the gap in your smile or feel embarrassed about having missing teeth, you may be a good candidate for a dental implant.
Dental Implants are made of titanium posts that are placed directly into the jawbone. These posts will fuse to the bone, creating an incredibly strong bond in a process called osseointegration. This process typically takes between 3-6 months.
When the implant is fused, it acts as a natural tooth root. An abutment will then be placed on the post that will act as a foundation for our final restorative crown. Each dental implant is custom-made to fit your smile perfectly.
Dental implants are proven to have a high success rate for patients with missing teeth. In many cases, implants are a more attractive alternative to traditional dentures but many patients also prefer implant supported dentures.
How Does an Implant Supported Denture Work?
Implant supported dentures, also known as permanent dentures, are designed with a stable foundation to support a set of dentures. There are two types of implant supported dentures: bar-retained and ball-retained. In both cases the dentures will be made of an acrylic base that will look like gums. Porcelain or acrylic teeth that look like natural teeth are attached to the base. Both types of dentures need at least two implants for support.
These dentures are secured with a set of thin, metal bars that are placed on the gums. The bars serve as a base for a set of dentures secured permanently in place.
These dentures are secured with a ball-and-socket mechanism that connects the base of the dentures to the top of the implant. This reduces the risk of slipping and shifting when the patient eats, speaks and yawns.
If you would like to learn more about replacing missing teeth with a dental implant or implant supported dentures, please call and schedule an appointment today.