There are many ways to replace missing teeth, effectively preventing neighboring teeth from shifting and causing additional complications. However, there is only one tooth replacement procedure out there that replaces the entire tooth’s structure, not just the visible portion that appears in your smile. This includes the root, which is responsible for many important oral functions. At Fromuth & Langlois Dental, we’ll make sure that your next restoration, whether it’s an implant-retained crown, bridge or denture, looks as good as it feels!
It’s important to keep in mind that dental implants are intended to replace both the root and the crown. Not only does that mean that your smile is fully restored, but the jawbone underneath your gum tissue as well. When teeth are missing, the bone and gum tissue are no longer being stimulated in that portion of your jaw, leading to your bone resorbing back into the body. This causes your jaw to lose a significant amount of biting force, making it impossible to enjoy certain foods. Dental implants restore this function as well as blood flow, which prevents premature facial sagging and your jaw from changing shape.
Additionally, dental implants are considered to be incredibly safe and long-lasting when placed by a professional. Average success rates reach as high as 98 percent and once placed, they can last between 25 years to a lifetime with ease. And, because they have integrated with your existing oral structures, chewing feels natural and your smile looks fully restored!
There are many ways we can incorporate dental implants into your tooth replacement treatment. As a patient, you can restore individual teeth, multiple teeth, or an entire row of teeth via a denture that’s retained with dental implants.
Replacing a single tooth starts by placing a titanium post directly into the jaw, then allowing it to heal and integrate over the next several months. Once fully healed, we’ll place an abutment on top of the implant post, which stabilizes the permanent restoration. We use porcelain to create our restorations thanks to their durability and incredibly natural esthetics.
Unlike traditional bridges, implant-retained bridges do not require the step of removing additional tooth structure of neighboring teeth. This step is performed so that the bridge can be reliably anchored. Since dental implants are strong enough to hold restorations on their own, you can retain more of your tooth enamel and still have your smile fully restored.
Patients who currently use a denture or recently had all of the teeth in their arch extracted can benefit most from an implant-retained denture. The good news is only about four to six dental implants are needed to hold a complete row of teeth. No longer will you need to rely on denture adhesive or relines just to use a comfortable restoration.
Dental implants consist of two main steps. This includes the placement stage and the restoration stage. While our office does not perform the placement stage of treatment, we will make sure that all of your needs will be met the day of your surgery. Once you’ve completed your placement and the implant has fully healed inside of your jawbone, you’ll come back to our office to have it restored. The length of the dental implant process will vary depending on the complexity of your treatment. For example, a single tooth replacement will take less time to plan and place than a three-unit bridge.