Dental Implant Tooth Replacement
Whether you’ve lost a single tooth or a whole row of teeth, it’s essential that you replace the lost tooth structure right away. Traditional tooth replacement options like fixed bridges and dentures only restore those parts of the lost tooth visible below the gum line. The tooth’s root system is not replaced. In addition to anchoring the tooth in its ideal position, tooth roots also stimulate the jawbone to maintain density and shape the gum tissue to retain a full, youthful facial shape. Dental implant supported tooth replacement solutions are the only available replacement options that restore both the roots and the crowns of missing teeth. This means your tooth replacement prosthetic will look, feel, and function more like natural, healthy teeth. If you want to learn more about dental implants, call Galleria Dentistry to schedule your tooth replacement consultation today. Our Naples dentistry team will examine your smile, review your treatment options, and recommend treatment to meet your unique needs.
The Dental Implant Placement Process
The dental implant tooth replacement process is completed in two phases. During the initial phase of treatment, we’ll need to surgical place your dental implant posts. The placement of dental implants is actually fairly simple. We make a small incision in the gum tissue. Then, the implant is inserted into the jawbone. We’ll create a precise surgical plan to ensure we don’t damage any nerve tissue or surrounding tooth structures. Once the implant is in place, a protective cap is attached to protect the healing site and shape the gum tissue for future placement of the abutment piece that will connect the implant with the replacement tooth. For three to six months, the implants will need to fuse with the supportive alveolar bone and gum tissue, mimicking the natural function of tooth roots. Once the implants are fused with the bone, you’ll return to our office, so we can attach the replacement tooth or teeth.
Implant Supported Dental Crowns & Bridges
Patients missing a single tooth or a few consecutive teeth will be able to restore their smile with an implant supported dental crown or fixed bridge. A single implant can be used to support one dental crown, replacing a missing tooth, and in some cases, two fused together dental crowns can be supported by the same implant post. Otherwise, a fixed bridge will be supported by two implants, one at each end.
Implant Supported Dentures
Patients with more advanced tooth loss will need a dental implant supported partial or full denture. Both partials and full dentures are crafted using a gum colored base material to support all of the replacement teeth. Partials fit snuggly between remaining healthy teeth, and full dentures are molded to fit against the gum line. Depending on the number and location of missing teeth two to four implant posts will be needed to support a partial denture, and three to six implants are necessary to support a full denture.