Dental implant technology has been around for many decades, and there is an excellent body of research showing that this treatment is the absolute best option for replacing missing teeth. There are several implant options to choose from depending on your specific goals. At William Linger, DDS, MAGD we are the first in Charlotte to offer this brand new technology that provides peace and mind and significant advantages for patients. Learn more here: Navigated Dental Implants with X-Guide
Most dentists agree that replacing a single missing tooth with a dental implant is the best option. In this case, a titanium implant post is anchored into the jawbone and attached to a natural-looking porcelain crown with an abutment. This combination restores the ability to chew normally and also helps to deter bone loss in the jaw.
Implant-supported bridges are often considered to be the most life-like option for multiple tooth replacement. A dental bridge consists of three to four porcelain teeth supported by two dental implants. A bridge can replace two or more teeth missing in a row, or a series of four bridges can be secured to dental implants to replace an entire arch of teeth. Chewing force is restored to approximately 98% of normal strength.
Dr. Linger doesn't recommend traditional, removable dentures as a solution for missing teeth because they can actually accelerate bone loss in the jaw. Dentures are also prone to slippage and frequently cause painful irritation to the gums. If partial or full dentures are used, they should be anchored with dental implants. The implants will help provide the stimulation that jawbone needs to remain healthy and regenerate naturally, and they stabilize dentures so that slippage is reduced and chewing ability is improved.
This advanced technique uses four dental implants to support an arch of artificial teeth. By placing the rear implants at an angle, longer posts can be used and are anchored into the denser portion of jawbone in the front of the mouth. You can walk out with a full set of new teeth on the same day. With this procedure, bone grafting isn’t always necessary, which means less expensive and faster results. As with any implanted-supported restoration, bone loss is minimized and chewing ability is greatly increased.
Many patients seeking a price estimate don't know whether to look for a price per tooth, or whether the cost they are looking at includes the implant, abutment, and crown.
Dr. Linger will conduct a comprehensive consultation in which to formulate a treatment plan with several options. He will discuss your goals and answer all your questions and help you understand clearly the best option for you. Contact us to set-up your free consultation.
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Dental implants provide several advantages over other teeth replacement options. In addition to looking and functioning like natural teeth, implant-supported full bridges or dentures are designed to be long lasting. Implant-supported full bridges and dentures also are more comfortable and stable than conventional dentures, allowing you to retain a more natural biting and chewing capacity.
In addition, because implant-supported full bridges and dentures will replace some of your tooth roots, your bone is better preserved. With conventional dentures, the bone that previously surrounded the tooth roots begins to resorb (deteriorate). Dental implants integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact.
In the long term, implants can be more esthetic and easier to maintain than conventional dentures. The loss of bone that accompanies conventional dentures leads to recession of the jawbone and a collapsed, unattractive smile. Conventional dentures can make it difficult to eat certain foods.
First, implants, which look like screws, or cylinders, are placed into your jaw. Then, over the next two to six months, the implants and the bone are allowed to bond together to form anchors for your artificial teeth. During this time, a temporary teeth replacement option can be worn over the implant sites.
Often, a second step of the procedure is necessary to uncover the implants and attach extensions. These small metal posts, are called abutments, along with various connecting devices that allow multiple crowns to attach to the implants, complete the foundation on which your new teeth will be placed. Your gums will be allowed to heal for a couple of weeks following this procedure.
There are some implant systems (one-stage) that do not require this second step. These systems use an implant which already has the extension piece attached. Your periodontist will advise you on which system is best for you.
Depending upon the number of implants placed, the connective device that will hold your new teeth can be tightened down on the implant, or it may be clipped to a bar or a round ball anchor to which a denture snaps on and off. Dr. Linger will review all of the options with you.
Finally, full bridges or full dentures will be custom created for you and attached to your implants or the connecting device. After a relatively short time, you will benefit from the restored confidence in your smile and your ability to chew and speak. Contact our office to setup a free consultation to explore your options.