Drs. Wright, Luckenbaugh, and Townsend can restore a single tooth or multiple teeth using a dental implant. A dental implant utilizes an artificial root, made from surgical-grade titanium that is placed in your mouth. Your jawbone bonds to the artificial root, creating a secure foundation for the attachment of a natural-looking porcelain crown or a bridge that is custom created for you. Some of the biggest advantages of implants are that they are more similar in feel and function to your natural teeth and further the adjacent teeth do not have to be involved as needed with a porcelain bridge. Implants can be used to replace missing teeth in the back of the mouth, as well as in the front. Few dentists actually perform both the artificial root placement and the porcelain restoration, but Drs. Wright, Luckenbaugh, and Townsend are experts in both procedures, giving them a greater level of precision in restoring your smile, while also offering you a more convenient treatment schedule. Contact us today to learn more.
A dental implant is one of the most permanent forms of restorative dentistry and can be used to restore a single tooth or several teeth. Dental implants involve the placement of a surgical grade titanium post by Drs. Wright, Luckenbaugh, and Townsend. As the bone bonds to the post, it forms a secure foundation for the attachment of a crown or a prosthetic tooth that is custom created for you. Implants are used instead of bridges to maintain the integrity of the teeth on either side of the missing teeth.
Q: What are my options for replacing a missing tooth?
A: By replacing missing teeth-either with an implant or bridge-you will alleviate the problems associated with missing a tooth and will restore your smile back its beautiful, full appearance. A dental implant is an excellent solution. Dental implants involve the placement of a titanium post inserted directly into the jawbone. Once the post has bonded to the bone, it can act as a new, solid support for a natural looking, porcelain restoration. Implants can replace a single tooth or an entire set of teeth, offering more function and permanence than traditional dentures. A bridge is another solution for replacing a tooth. By using neighboring teeth as the supportive structure, your dentist places a porcelain restoration into the vacant space, restoring the functionality and look of your smile.
Implant Supported Prostheses
Implant supported Dentures:
Dentures by their very nature rely on the underlying soft tissue and bone for stability and retention. Further, there is a tendency for patients to notice slight movement in some cases and lack of retention of the denture in others. This may lead to soar spots and an overall feeling of discomfort. These situations result in patients needing to rely on adhesives to retain the denture. Implants have become a predictable and effective way to provide stability for function and speaking for those requiring dentures. Specifically, implants have become a standard of care for patients requiring a complete lower denture due to a lack of surface area of the lower jaw resulting in frequent movement and lack of stability. Implants allow the denture to attach to the lower jaw and provide retention for patients to function with confidence. In addition, implants can be added to the upper jaw, which allows complete denture patients the ability to remove the palate portion of the denture, increasing the natural feel of the prosthesis and improving overall taste and feel. For patients that have retained some of their natural teeth and still require a partial denture, implants may be utilized depending on the situation if surrounding teeth are not suitable to retain the partial.
Implant supported fixed prosthesis:
For patient’s who desire not to have a removable prosthesis, fixed options are available to attach to implants to replace a segment of teeth or an entire dentition. The fixed option is inserted / removed by our dentists and they come in a number of different options and arrangements. Examination and further consultation appointments aim to educate the patient on options and arrive at a collective treatment decision that satisfies the patients needs and concerns.
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