At HDG, we’re expertly trained in implant treatment planning and in restoring implants. We take a comprehensive approach to dentistry and look closely at all of your concerns in order to determine what’s best for you, both financially and in regard to aligning with your dental goals.
Simply put, a dental implant is a small, metal post designed to replace the natural root of a missing tooth. Dental implants help to prevent serious bone deterioration and more effectively preserve a patient’s oral health (rather than a simple tooth replacement) while simultaneously providing superior aesthetics and function. Because a dental implant is designed to act like a prosthetic tooth, it replaces the tooth all the way down to the root itself. What does this mean? Not only is a dental implant a cost-effective & functional solution, but it also helps to restore your mouth’s natural functions, including blood flow and bone stimulation.
Note: While we do not surgically place implants in our office, here is a look at some of the potential implant restorations that we can treat:
Single Tooth Implant
If you’re missing a tooth, a single tooth implant is typically recommended as the ideal long-term solution because you get a tooth replacement without jeopardizing the adjacent teeth.
An implant-supported bridge uses a dental implant as opposed to crowns or frameworks. Typically, there are two implants for every 3 missing teeth, and these implants hold the bridge in position. An implant-supported bridge is considered by many dental experts to be the strongest and most stable system. It generally requires one surgery*, and then placing the bridge. Placing the bridge refers to taking an impression of the implants, which we then send to a dental lab to be fabricated. (*With implants in general, there may be two surgeries because the surgeon may have to graft the bone prior to placement.)
Implant Supported Overdenture
An overdenture is a complete or partial denture that sits on top of or is attached to underlying tooth structures or dental implants. Overdentures are removable, but they can also provide improved function and retention when compared to conventional dentures. The latter may become unstable over time or require refitting. As the name suggests, implant-supported dentures are held in place by implants. The implants are integrated into the bone and attachments connect the implant to the denture.
A hybrid denture is a type of natural-looking implanted denture designed to improve the support and strength of your dentures. Like removable dentures, a hybrid denture replaces your teeth. But, they are secured with screws to dental implants and cannot be removed without the help of a dentist. Creams and adhesives are not needed to secure hybrid dentures in place thereby eliminating gum irritation. Hybrid dentures also do not require coverage on the roof of your mouth which improves taste compared to a conventional denture. Additionally, bite strength is increased, allowing for an increased option of foods.
To find out if or how we can help treat or restore your implants, give us a call or just ask a question. We’re here & happy to assist you!
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