Dental implants are becoming increasingly popular as a method of replacing missing teeth. This is due in part to high success rates, easy maintenance, and an extremely aesthetic option for replacing one or multiple teeth. A dental implant is a small titanium screw that is surgically placed into the jawbone, serving as an artificial tooth root. Dental implants can provide a sturdy, durable base for dental prostheses like ceramic crowns or replace more than one tooth with a dental bridge.
A dental implant and ceramic crown is an excellent option for replacing a single tooth. Dental implants are effective because unlike removable partials and tooth-retained bridges they do not require attachment to adjacent teeth. Dental implants help preserve and support healthy bone and are natural in appearance.
An implant supported bridge is a dental bridge that is secured to two or more dental implants rather than relying on the adjacent natural teeth for support. An implant supported bridge is an alternative solution for wearing a conventional partial denture.
For people with severely decayed or missing teeth, partials and dentures can dramatically improve confidence, health, and quality of life. But traditional removable dentures (full or partial) can be cumbersome, shift while eating or speaking, and interfere with your ability to fully experience food or even communicate effectively.
Implant-supported partials and dentures give your prosthesis a more stable, comfortable fit and improve bite efficiency, which results in less irritation to your gums, since they do not rest directly on your gum tissue like a traditional denture does. Implant-supported partials and dentures can help regain confidence in your smile in its appearance, comfort, and functionality.
Dr. Campbell will use a local anesthetic to numb the area receiving the implant. You may elect to use nitrous oxide or oral sedation during the procedure. A small incision is made and the implant is placed. Following implant placement, the site will require 8 weeks of healing prior to the fabrication of an implant retained crown or bridge.