Losing a tooth due to injury, dental decay, or gum disease can happen. However, in order to avoid causing problems for the adjacent teeth and your overall dental health, it is important to replace the tooth that has been lost. Depending on how many teeth are missing, this can be done many ways either with a fixed bridge, removable partial, full dentures, or dental implants. Every situation is unique and your doctor will help you choose the option that is best for your scenario.
Lost or missing teeth can diminish the appearance of your smile as well as affect your ability to speak clearly and properly chew food. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers several cosmetically pleasing and functional methods of teeth replacement to restore your smile.
A dental implant is a surgical fixture made of biocompatible materials that is placed into the jawbone and functions like the root of a tooth. In the same way that a natural root supports the natural crown of your tooth, an implant, once it fully integrates with the surrounding bone, provides a stable and durable foundation for a replacement tooth. Implants often support a crown for an individual tooth, but can also be used as platform as an abutment for an implant bridge, or strategically placed to help stabilize a denture.
Out of all of the restorative choices available today, an implant comes closest to replicating the look, feel and function of a natural tooth. Furthermore, it is the only method of tooth replacement that does not require the involvement or preparation of the adjacent teeth.
Today, many individuals are interested in receiving dental implants to replace their missing teeth in order to reestablish a complete and beautiful smile. A dental implant is a small, biocompatible post that is placed directly into the jawbone. It behaves in much the same way as the root of a natural tooth.
Once your dental implant has been placed and has had the time to integrate with the surrounding dental bone, it is ready to provide strong support for your new replacement teeth. At this time your doctor will fabricate the most cosmetically pleasing and durable crowns or bridges to give you back a smile that you can enjoy for many years to come.
ALL-ON-4™ AND ALL-ON-6™ FIXED
If all your teeth must be removed or you already have full dentures, then All-on-4™or All-On-6™ may be the right treatment for you. Your doctor will determine which treatment is best for your specific needs.
This remarkable technique requires only 4 implants in either the upper or lower jaw to support all of the replacement teeth for that dental arch. All-on-4™ typically involves only one surgery to place all of the implants, may help avoid the need for additional bone grafting procedures, and provides the instant gratification of a full set of temporary teeth immediately on the same day as the initial procedure. As a permanent fixed replacement for all of the teeth, the ALL-on-4™ dental implant technique achieves unprecedented results with a minimal number of dental implants and surgical procedures, thereby making it an appealing cost-effective solution for permanently replacing a full set of teeth. Once post-surgical healing is complete and the All-on-4™ dental implants have fully integrated with your jawbone, the temporary bridge is then permanently replaced by a customized final bridge. These new permanent replacement teeth are completely secure, stable and function in a similar fashion as natural teeth
The ALL-On-6™ technique takes the All-on-4™ technique one step further. The ALL-On-6™ technique provides a comfortable and stable full set of upper and/or lower teeth using six strategically placed dental implants. While conventional removable dentures can effectively replace a full complement of lost or missing teeth, ALL-On-6™ dental implants provide a fixed and permanent method of reestablishing a complete set of teeth. This restores to patients the sense of having their own teeth and offers an improved quality of life as they can once again eat and speak with confidence. With ALL-On-6™ dental implants the need for messy denture adhesives or having to take one’s dentures out to clean and sanitize them is eliminated. The replacement teeth are cared for in very much the same way as a set of natural teeth. Utilizing the All-On-6™ method, temporary teeth can often be placed right away with a permanent set to follow within just a few months after the implants become fully integrated with the surrounding bone.