Bonita Springs Dental Implant Supported Tooth Replacement
In the past, replacement teeth only restored the portion of the smile visible above the gumline. While these restorations complete the appearance of smiles and restore some of patients’ ability to chew and speak clearly, they do not replace the root system. Tooth roots not only provide an anchor for teeth, but they also preserve jawbone density and gum tissue volume. Dental implants are the only solution that replaces the entire tooth roots and crowns. If you’re interested in finding out more, please call Pelican Landing Dental to schedule a consultation today.
Dental implant supported tooth replacement is completed over two phases of treatment. The initial phase is the surgical placement of dental implant posts into the jawbone. The procedure itself is actually fairly simple. An incision is made in the soft tissue, and the high-quality titanium implant post is positioned in the bone. A protective cap is placed over the implant site to protect the post and shape the gum tissue in preparation for the connection of the replacement tooth.
Following implant placement, patients need to wait two to five months before receiving their replacement teeth. During this time, a process known as osseointegration occurs. This is the fusion between the implant post, and the jawbone that allows the dental implant to mimic the natural function of tooth roots.
Implant-Retained Crowns & Bridges
Once your implant has fused with the bone, it’s time for you to return to our office where we will attach your custom crafted dental restorations. For those patients who are missing one tooth or several consecutive teeth, we will create a dental crown or fixed bridge. A single implant can be used to support one dental crown replacement tooth, and in some cases, the single implant post is able to support two crowns fused together to replace two consecutive teeth. Patients missing three or four consecutive teeth will need to have two implant posts placed. The posts will attach to either end of a fixed bridge.
If you’re missing more than four consecutive teeth or nonconsecutive teeth, you may want to consider a more advanced tooth replacement prosthetic. We can craft partial and full dentures that work in much the same way as their traditional counterparts. However, rather than attaching to remaining teeth or creating suction between gums and denture, implant-retained dentures are attached to several, precisely placed implant posts. Typically, a partial or full denture can be adequately supported with four to seven implant posts.