Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Depending on how many teeth need replacing, you may need a single, partial, or complete implant set. In most cases, a permanent tooth replacement won’t be made until the jawbone is fused to the implants. Until then, a temporary prosthetic may be used.
There are many types of options for implants, the first being whether you choose a removable or fixed tooth replacement to attach to them.
A removable tooth replacement is joined to the implants by a connecting device, such as a clip and bar, which allows you to take the replacement out for cleaning.
A fixed tooth replacement allows for easy maintenance and cleaning since the replacement is permanently attached to the jawbone. There is no need to remove for cleanings.
Types of implants:
Single – a single tooth replacement is used to replace only one missing tooth. One implant is all that’s needed for support.
Partial – a partial tooth replacement replaces two or more teeth. Two or three implants are used for support. This is used as an alternative to a bridge.
Complete – a complete denture set replaces all of the teeth in an upper or lower jaw, or both. The number of implants depends on whether we use a fixed or removable prosthesis.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by Dr. Burgess. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.