SINGLE TOOTH REPLACEMENT
If a single tooth and root are damaged, we recommend a permanent dental implant and Ceramic Crown*. You can expect to be back to work the very next day following this dental procedure.
How is this permanent All-Ceramic Crown installed?
Before the procedure, the dentist will conduct an exam and take necessary X-rays. A temporary tooth will be fitted. The implant needs a few months to integrate with the jawbone. The permanent crown is then installed. No additional treatment is needed.
Alternatives to a permanent implant
- Tooth-Supported Fixed Bridge – Adjacent teeth are ground down to support the bridge.
- Benefits: A stable solution with nice results and function. Fairly easily installed.
- Disadvantages: Continuous bone reabsorption in the edentulous area, and healthy teeth are sacrificed on behalf of the bridge.
- Removable Partial Denture – A non-permanent alternative
- Benefits: Adjacent teeth aren’t affected, quickly installed and relatively inexpensive.
- Disadvantages: Unstable and loosely attached, it affects function, fit and comfort. The plastic material doesn’t create the same esthetic result as a ceramic crown.
- Resin-Bonded Bridge
- Benefits: Easily installed, it functions well, and since it is ceramic, the aesthetic result is visually pleasing.
- Disadvantages: Not very permanent, this resin-bonded bridge will eventually unhinge, probably after just a couple years, and will have to be reinstalled.
MULTIPLE MISSING TEETH
At Oak Park Dental, we recommend a Fixed Bridge anchored to dental implants.* You should be able to return to work the next day. Traditional dentures can’t offer the same stability or function. This solution also preserves your jawbone and facial appearance, while preventing bone loss.
How is the Fixed Bridge installed?
Anchored dental implants are installed first. Then the bridge, with the teeth in one piece, is anchored on the implants. A temporary bridge may be placed at the same time. This provides a stable and secure solution, allowing you to eat what you want.
- The Removable Partial Denture alternative
- Benefits: Installation process is simple and natural teeth are spared.
- Disadvantages: Perceived as uncomfortable and complicated to use. Function is also limited, and its esthetic look is affected by the use of plastic and metal. Because of its many parts, it is also expensive to make.
ALL TEETH ARE MISSING
The permanent and best solution is a Full Arch Replacement*, which is a fixed bridge anchored to dental implants. Thanks to dental implants, we can replace a full jaw, creating a stable and highly esthetic solution.
How does a Full Arch Replacement work?
Dental implants are installed to replace the lost tooth roots. Temporary teeth are then attached so you can eat while waiting for the permanent bridge. The final bridge is attached in 2-3 visits.
Alternatives to a Fixed Bridge
- Removable Overdenture – Anchored on implants, this method has many disadvantages, and should be avoided, if possible.
- Removable Implant – Anchored Overdenture –This full denture is connected to a ball or bar attachment, which is anchored on two or more implants in the front of the jaw.
- Benefits: Lower cost
- Disadvantages: End result can’t be compared; much more inferior.
- Removable Full Denture – This denture is loosely placed on top of the gum to cover lost teeth.
- Benefits: Low cost and easy installation
- Disadvantages: Eating discomfort, poor esthetics, affected speech, sore gums from denture movement. Plus, a full denture in the upper jaw severely affects the sense of taste.
*This procedure is one of several options. Consult with your dentist to determine the best method of treatment, according to your circumstances.
For more information, call Oak Park Dental at 337-478-3232.