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DENTAL ImplantS Placement OPTIONS

Dental Implant Placement Options

 

Dental implants can last a lifetime with proper placement by a periodontist and diligent patient maintenance.

Watch the interactive presentation below to learn more about these options.

Replacing a Single Tooth

What are the advantages of a single-tooth implant over a bridge?

A dental implant provides several advantages over other tooth replacement options. In addition to looking and functioning like a natural tooth, a dental implant replaces a single tooth without sacrificing the health of neighboring teeth. The other common treatment for the loss of a single tooth, a tooth-supported fixed bridge, requires that adjacent teeth be ground down to support the cemented bridge.

Because a dental implant will replace your tooth root, the bone is better preserved. With a bridge, some of the bone that previously surrounded the tooth begins to resorb (deteriorate). Dental implants integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact.

In the long term, a single implant can be more esthetic and easier to keep clean than a bridge. Gums can recede around a bridge, leaving a visible defect when the metal base or collar of the bridge becomes exposed. Resorbed bone beneath the bridge can lead to an unattractive smile. And, the cement holding the bridge in place can wash out, allowing bacteria to decay the teeth that anchor the bridge.

How will the implant be placed?

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Replacing Several Teeth - implant-supported bridges
 

If you are missing several teeth, implant-supported bridges can replace them. Dental implants will replace both your lost natural teeth and some of the roots.

Implant-supported restorations bridge the gap between multiple missing teeth. An implant-supported bridge consists of false teeth – or pontics – that anchor onto dental implants on either side of the gap. There are two types of fixed dental bridges: traditional fixed bridges and implant-supported bridges. A traditional fixed bridge is placed when the abutment teeth are strong and healthy enough to support it. Unfortunately, not all patients are good candidates for conventional fixed bridges; whether their teeth are weak or lack natural teeth structure, they can benefit from implant-supported bridges.

WHAT IS AN IMPLANT-SUPPORTED BRIDGE?

The traditional way to replace missing teeth adjacent to each other is to have a traditional tooth-supported bridge. A traditional supported bridge is supported by your natural teeth, which are ground down and crowned to support the replacements. Although fixed traditional bridges are still a possible solution in certain circumstances, they rely on natural teeth or abutment teeth that are strong and healthy enough to support traditional bridges. Also, removing any healthy tooth structure increases the risk of infection and decay in these teeth.

An implant-supported bridge can be a more reliable treatment choice when a traditional bridge is not the best solution. This is especially true when natural teeth are no longer present or are not healthy or strong enough to support a bridge.

WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE FOR GETTING AN IMPLANT-SUPPORTED BRIDGE?

We will insert dental implants into your jawbone to fit an implant-supported bridge. These implants fuse with the surrounding bone until they become strong enough to support your new bridge. Like an ordinary bridge supported by natural teeth, an implant-supported bridge consists of crowns that fit over dental implants and are attached to replacement or artificial teeth. Each of these artificial teeth is called a pontic.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF IMPLANT-SUPPORTED BRIDGES?

There are several clear benefits to choosing an implant-supported bridge over more traditional ways of replacing missing teeth.  

These benefits include:

  • Instead of supporting the bridge with your natural teeth, the bridge is supported by dental implants. You can enjoy all the benefits of having a healthy, fully restored smile and strong, stable teeth. Your natural teeth can remain intact as they will not need to be shaped for crowns.

  • Fewer teeth are required to support an implant bridge than a traditional bridge, which helps to reduce the cost.

  • Dental implants protect your jawbone against bone loss, as artificially replacing your tooth root stimulates the jaw and renews old bone cells.

  • An implant-supported bridge will fully restore your smile, providing the perfect support for your cheeks and lips and restoring your facial dimensions.

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU ARE A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR AN IMPLANT-SUPPORTED BRIDGE?

In most cases, the answer is yes – you are likely eligible for an implant-supported bridge. Your missing teeth should be consecutively located, and your jaw needs to have a certain amount of healthy bone.

We must know your medical history before placing an implant bridge. We will take detailed digital dental x-rays and a cone beam CT scan that produces 3-D images of your jaw. There is no need to worry if you do not have sufficient bone for an implant-supported bridge, as sophisticated bone grafting procedures or a sinus lift can restore bone strength. All these treatments can be completed in our state-of-the-art dental clinic in Chandigarh.

If you want to learn more about an implant-supported bridge and how treatment could help you, contact us today to schedule your consultation with us. He can explain this advanced dental implant treatment in greater detail based on your current dental and medical health.  

WILL AN IMPLANT-SUPPORTED BRIDGE LOOK AND FEEL NATURAL?

The high degree of care and precision employed during this treatment will ensure you can enjoy teeth that are immediately comfortable and fully functional. To do this, we will carefully plan your implant surgery using advanced diagnostics and his skill and knowledge from thousands of surgeries. This is vital when fitting an implant-supported bridge; the dental implants must be optimally inserted at the right angle and location to ensure perfect results.

Advanced Dental Care Center uses the same high degree of care when custom-making your bridge. Out team collaborates closely with our dental laboratory, XircOn Dental Designers, to ensure perfect aesthetics. Our dental lab only uses the highest materials for XircOn Ultra and Ultimate. These materials can replicate the liveliness and translucency of natural teeth, so your new implant-supported bridge will blend in beautifully with your existing teeth. Your new implant-supported bridge may be screwed or cemented in place.

HOW DOES ONE CARE FOR AN IMPLANT-SUPPORTED BRIDGE?

Bridges are semi-permanent prosthetic devices that a prosthodontist positions onto existing teeth or implants. Dental bridges can cover gaps or missing teeth. Typically, we cement bridges to natural teeth or use the support of dental implants in the missing tooth gap.  

To maintain a long-term solution, caring for an implant-supported bridge is paramount. As with your natural teeth, bridges can become loose or even fall out if neglected. Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing twice per day. A Water Pik – or water flosser – is also a suitable solution to help remove bacteria and food particles from hard-to-reach areas. Avoid chewing sticky, chewy, or hard foods. See your prosthodontist and hygienist regularly for professional cleanings and check-ups.

 

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What are the advantages of implant-supported bridges over fixed bridges or removable partial dentures?

Dental implants provide several advantages over other teeth replacement options. In addition to looking and functioning like natural teeth, implant-supported bridges replace teeth without support from adjacent natural teeth. Other common treatments for the loss of several teeth, such as fixed bridges or removable partial dentures, are dependent on support from adjacent teeth.

In addition, because implant-supported bridges will replace some of your tooth roots, your bone is better preserved. With a fixed bridge or removable partial denture, the bone that previously surrounded the tooth root may begin to resorb (deteriorate). Dental implants integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact.

In the long term, implants are esthetic, functional and comfortable. Gums and bone can recede around a fixed bridge or removable partial denture, leaving a visible defect. Resorbed bone beneath bridges or removable partial dentures can lead to a collapsed, unattractive smile. The cement holding bridges in place can wash out, allowing bacteria to decay teeth that anchor the bridge. In addition, removable partial dentures can move around in the mouth and reduce your ability to eat certain foods.

Replacing All of Your Teeth - Dental Implant Supported Bridge or Dentures

Advantages of implant-supported full bridges and implant-supported dentures over conventional dentures

Dental implants provide several advantages over other teeth replacement options. In addition to looking and functioning like natural teeth, implant-supported full bridges or dentures are designed to be long lasting. Implant-supported full bridges and dentures also are more comfortable and stable than conventional dentures, allowing you to retain a more natural biting and chewing capacity.

In addition, because implant-supported full bridges and dentures will replace some of your tooth roots, your bone is better preserved. With conventional dentures, the bone that previously surrounded the tooth roots begins to resorb (deteriorate). Dental implants integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact.

In the long term, implants can be more esthetic and easier to maintain than conventional dentures. The loss of bone that accompanies conventional dentures leads to recession of the jawbone and a collapsed, unattractive smile. Conventional dentures make it difficult to eat certain foods.

Why should you consider dental implants to support your dentures?

Over time, as you wear your denture, you continually lose the boney structure that supports your soft tissues. Because your soft tissues actually make contact with your dentures, they too will start to recede with the bone, this will leave you in a continuous state of adjustment, discomfort, and difficulty with everyday functions like; speaking, chewing, and especially smiling.

Implant supported dentures provide tremendous support and fixation so you can comfortably speak, chew, and smile.
They keep your upper and lower jaw bone from receding which prevents facial shape changes like the "shrunken" look.

Procedure

First, implants, which looks like screws or cylinders, are placed into your jaw. Then, over the next two to six months, the implants and the bone are allowed to bond together to form anchors for your artificial teeth. During this time, a temporary teeth replacement option can be worn over the implant sites.

Often, a second step of the procedure is necessary to uncover the implants and attach extensions. These small metal posts, called abutments, along with various connecting devices that allow multiple crowns to attach to the implants, complete the foundation on which your new teeth will be placed. Your gums will be allowed to heal for a couple of weeks following this procedure.

There are some implant systems (one-stage) that do not require this second step. These systems use an implant which already has the extension piece attached. Your periodontist will advise you on which system is best for you.

Depending upon the number of implants placed, the connecting device that will hold your new teeth can be tightened down on the implant, or it may be a clipped to a bar or a round ball anchor to which a denture snaps on and off.

Finally, full bridges or full dentures will be created for you and attached to your implants or the connecting device. After a short time, you will experience restored confidence in your smile and your ability to chew and speak.

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