Dental Implant Restorations
Tooth loss affects more people than you may think. In fact, over 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. If you have lost one or more teeth, you may be wondering about restorations. At Mark Romanelli DDS, we offer several types of dental implant restorations to improve the aesthetics and function of your smile. Thanks to recent advancements in technology, dental implants have become the industry standard for tooth replacement. Implants can now be used to support a single crown, fixed bridge, or a fixed denture. Cleanings, Exams, Digital X-rays-Professional cleanings performed by a licensed dentist or hygienist are just as important to your dental health as daily brushing and flossing.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that we surgically place into the jawbone. After the screw is in place, we attach it to an abutment or support structure. The abutment links the implant screw to your restoration. For the procedure to work, there must be enough bone in the jaw. Implants are successful largely thanks to a process known as osseointegration. During osseointegration, the implant screw and your jawbone fuse together to create a bond capable of supporting a restoration. Without the proper amount of bone, osseointegration may not be possible.
Periodontal Health or gum, health is also a critical component. Healthy gum tissue sits snugly against your teeth, protecting the roots of your teeth from harmful oral bacteria. This tissue helps to hold your teeth secure, and in proper alignment.
Types of Implant Restorations
Dental Implant & Crown
If you are missing one tooth, we may recommend an implant-supported dental crown. A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is traditionally placed over a damaged tooth. With the advent of dental implants, we now use crowns to replace missing teeth. Your implant-supported crown will be made to look like a natural tooth. Most crowns are made from either porcelain or zirconia. Both materials possess the same light-reflective properties of natural tooth enamel. They can also be shaped and molded to match the texture of enamel. Extractions are procedures done to remove teeth that are damaged beyond repair from their socket in the jawbone.
Implant-supported bridges are also fabricated using porcelain, zirconia, or another type of ceramic. To receive a traditional dental bridge, the adjacent teeth are capped with dental crowns. The crowns are connected by a pontic or false tooth that fills the space created by one or more missing teeth. To receive an implant-supported bridge, we place an implant for each missing tooth. In some cases, the pontic can be suspended between two dental implants. An implant-supported bridge offers some benefits over a traditional bridge. Traditional bridges can lead to problems with structural damage or decay later down the line. An implant-supported bridge does not affect the surrounding teeth. They also offer improved longevity, durability, and appearance over traditional bridges.
If you are missing all or most of your teeth, we may recommend an implant-supported denture or overdenture. A full-arch restoration is typically supported by two to eight implants. Implant-supported dentures and overdentures offer some benefits over traditional full-arch restorations. An implant-supported denture offers better esthetics, durability, and convenience. Removable dentures may make speaking, smiling, laughing, and chewing much more difficult. They are also more difficult to clean and maintain. Your implant-supported full-arch restoration will look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth.
Schedule Your Consultation Appointment
If you would like to learn more about implant-supported restorations, call (805) 468-4659, and schedule your consultation appointment today!