Implants can be used to replace one or more missing teeth, eliminating the necessity to needlessly crown adjacent teeth to make a bridge.
When there are no back teeth left, implants can make a difference between having permanent teeth or removable dentures. A real game changer!!
An implant can be placed on the same day a tooth is extracted, in most cases, with the addition of bone grafting and membrane to fill and cover the tooth socket.
Sometimes a temporary crown can be placed on the implant on the same day the implant is placed. This is ideal for a front tooth, eliminating the need to wear a removable partial denture during the healing phase. An implant needs to be surrounded by healthy bone and gums. Sometimes a gingival graft may be necessary. Drs. Deegan and Reff will do what is best for your personal situation, as there are many extenuating circumstances.
After the initial surgery, it takes 3-6 months for the bone to heal and solidify around the implant before a permanent restoration can be made.
Ceramic crowns and bridges can be made to screw directly into the implants or cemented over prefabricated or custom abutments made of either titanium or zirconia. Dr. Deegan will discuss the best option for your particular case.
Full arch cases can be retained by 4-8 implants. These are usually screw retained and can be made of denture teeth on an acrylic base with a metal substructure, or of porcelain fused to metal or zirconia (a super hard ceramic). There are various designs and materials available to Dr. Deegan, and she will custom make your full mouth rehabilitation to best serve your needs. She has you best interest at heart and stands behind her work.
Implants can be used to anchor unstable full or partial removable dentures, most often by using snap-type attachments such as Locators. These are the most cost effective solutions and also very esthetic. The surrounding pink gum part of a removable denture can fill out a sunken face better than a permanent screwed or cemented bridge can.
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