Are you missing a tooth and looking for a permanent, natural-looking solution? Or maybe you're dissatisfied with the fit and retention of your denture? Dental implants have become the standard of care for replacing missing teeth, and at Pinnacle Dental, we provide services for single-unit, multi-unit, and implant-supported overdenture attachments.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a replacement for the root of a tooth, which is surgically placed into the jawbone and allowed to integrate over the course of a few months. These titanium screws are used to secure crowns, bridges, or even dentures. Because the implant fuses with the jawbone, it comes closest to mimicking an actual tooth, as it is not only stable but also stands on its own without needing the support of adjacent teeth.
Single-unit implants are individual attachments that resemble natural teeth. A single-unit implant is made up of a titanium or zirconium screw which acts like a natural tooth root; an abutment, a post that connects the implant to the crown; and a porcelain crown. Multi-unit attachments (implant bridges) can be used to replace multiple missing teeth in a row where the space between teeth is too long for the existing teeth to be able to support a bridge on their own. Implants can also be used to help anchor dentures in place. An implant-supported denture is a denture whose underside is modified to attach to the implant screws in a patient's jaw, providing better support and retention than a traditional denture.
Who Would Be an Ideal Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you are in good physical health, with healthy gums and enough bone in the jaw to secure the implant, you are probably an ideal candidate for implants. You must be willing to commit to maintaining good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. While certain conditions such as smoking or diabetes make the implant procedure less predictable, Dr. Miller will gladly discuss dental implants and whether they are right for you.
What Is the Procedure for Dental Implants?
Depending upon the area of the tooth or teeth to be replaced with an implant(s), the procedure will vary. When you consult with Dr. Miller, your treatment sequence will be discussed and then she will refer you to either the oral surgeon or periodontist who will perform the surgical placement of the implant screw. Sometimes, if there is a need for more bone in the area that will support the implant, an additional bone grafting procedure will be necessary. After a period of healing which usually ranges from three to six months, you will be fitted for your final restoration.
If you are considering dental implants, please contact Pinnacle Dental for a consultation with Dr. Miller. The sooner we find the option that will best suit you, the sooner you’ll have your smile restored.