Dental Bridges

What are the advantages of dental bridges? 

Bridges can be prepped, placed, and completed in just two visits over the span of about two weeks. Once they’re set, that’s it. With regular care and maintenance, a quality dental bridge can last several years.

What are the disadvantages of bridges?

A bridge needs healthy teeth to support it. Before it can be installed, the abutment teeth have to be reshaped so that the bridge slips over, like a crown. If teeth are healthy, this permanently and unnecessarily alters their structure. Additionally, bridges may not last for more than a decade or so. They will ultimately need to be replaced with a new one. At a certain point, the supporting teeth may be too weak to hold a new bridge, due to lack of stability.
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Dental Implants

What are the options for single or multiple missing teeth?

With dental implants, patients have a variety of restorative options. Individual implants can support a ceramic crown, making it appropriate for single tooth replacement. But if multiple teeth are involved, we can use implants in pairs to support longer prosthetics, such as multi-tooth dental bridges or an “All-on-4” hybrid denture design.

What are the advantages of implants?

Choosing to invest in dental implants over more conventional types of treatment offers many advantages to your overall oral health. Rather than altering adjacent teeth to support a fixed prosthesis, implants stand independently and function as if they were natural teeth. A number of benefits, include:
  • Preservation of natural biting patterns and tooth alignment
  • Non-invasive to adjacent teeth (no reshaping or structure removal)
  • Enhanced bone support of the jaw and face
  • Permanent (non-removable) restorative designs
  • Options for dental implant stabilization
  • Better return on investment than conventional treatments
Today's implants are the most lifelike tooth replacements available. Not only that, but their extremely high success rate means nearly 98% of dental implants last for the life of patients. They offer the longest return on investment of any modern-day dental restoration.

What are the disadvantages of implants?

Implants require healthy bone to support them. If you lack bone depth, a graft may be needed. Although some people see the slightly higher cost of implants as a possible disadvantage, they’re actually more affordable in the long run. That’s because implants do not typically need to be replaced.

Does it hurt to get implants?

A common perception of having dental implants placed is that the process will be an uncomfortable one. Not so! Because bone structure does not contain pain receptors, we’re able to efficiently place implants in a straightforward and comfortable manner. If you’ve ever had a tooth removed, getting an implant is usually much more comfortable. After the placement of the artificial roots, patients wear a temporary restoration as the bone and gum tissue heals around your new implant. Within a few months, a permanent crown, bridge, or denture is fixed into place.
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Immediate Load Implants

What are same day dental implants?

An immediate load implant is one that’s placed and restored in one appointment. Traditional implants are usually placed, covered to allow the area to heal, and then restored with a fixed restoration several months later. In contrast, same day implants are installed and then have a fixed restoration placed at the same appointment, while bone integrates with the biocompatible, artificial tooth root.

Improved Aesthetics

Most immediate load dental implants are placed in the “aesthetic zone” of a person’s smile, that is, toward the front of their mouth. Such areas typically don’t have to bear as much weigh as back molars would for grinding and chewing. As such, they are at less of a risk for any complications when pressure is applied to them. Having a missing front tooth can be tremendously embarrassing. But with an immediate load implant you’re able to enjoy a new “tooth” in just one trip to the dentist’s office.

Provisional Restorations

Depending on which tooth you’re replacing, your immediate load dental implant may have what we consider a “provisional” restoration placed on the date of surgery, then a more permanent restoration a few months later. Provisional crowns or bridges are made to eliminate aesthetic concerns but aren’t such that they’re kept in the mouth on a permanent, long-term basis. Why? Because your oral anatomy and gum tissues will slightly change after an implant is placed. After everything has integrated properly, those minor changes may cause the provisional crown to start to stand out. It’s at that point where a more permanent porcelain design would be recommended.

What are the advantages of digital placement?

Many same day implant providers utilize CT/conebeam scanning to digitally map out the placement of the implant in advance of the surgery. This digital imaging allows for the opportunity to create a surgical guide for minimally-invasive and efficient placement of the implant(s). Most patients experience less discomfort and faster healing, while minimizing the need for additional bone grafts
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All-On-4 Dental Implants

What is a a hybrid denture design?

All-on-4 treatments feature a streamlined, hybrid denture design that follows the contour of your jaw, rather than covering the entire roof of your mouth the way a “plate” would. The entire prosthesis is permanently affixed to four strategically placed implants, which support the biting and chewing forces in a way that resembles the function of healthy, natural teeth. Only four implants are necessary because each one can withstand the weight and pressure of multiple teeth. Placing them in key points across the jaw allows a full-arch prosthesis to be stabilized in a predictable manner.

What is a permanent, stabilized full arch design?

Conventional dentures and partials have to be taken out each night, making them tough on your gum tissues and the bone underneath that supports them. But with an All-on-4 denture you can have a permanent full mouth restoration that never comes in and out of place. You eat, sleep, and live with it 24 hours a day. This makes them healthier for your mouth overall, as implants aid in strengthening the bone and preventing sunken-in facial tissues associated with missing teeth.

How do I care for all-on-4 dentures?

We recommend that all implant patients care for their smiles as if they were made up of natural teeth. Daily brushing and flossing are essential to keep the gingival tissues around each implant healthy and free of infection. Because it can take some practice to thread floss under a fixed restoration such as an All-on-4 prosthesis, there is also the option of investing in a water flosser to use instead. Continue to schedule regular preventative care appointments every six months to ensure any issues are intercepted as early as possible.

What can I expect from treatment?

Getting an All-on-4 denture is similar to our other dental implant treatments, in that the biocompatible, artificial roots are set into the mouth and a healing prosthesis is affixed to them until full osseointegration occurs. From there, we change the restoration out with a permanent one (unless immediate placement the day of treatment is an option). Today’s implant treatments can be digitally mapped out well in advance, aiding in a simpler and straightforward placement on the date of treatment. This 3D visualization makes it possible to select the most optimal location for each of the four supporting dental implants, taking advantage of natural oral anatomy and minimizing additional treatments such as bone grafts or sinus lifts.
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