Dental implants have been used for several decades to replace missing teeth and stabilize dentures. More recently, implants have become the standard for tooth replacement and can also help improve the fit of dentures.
Dental implant placement today is much more predictable and comfortable than in the past. After implants have healed in the jaw, they can remain functional for the duration of the patient’s life.
Dental Implants Can Help
Dental implants can be used in the replacement of single teeth, all teeth, or to help retainer dentures and partials. Implants are also beneficial in maintaining the bone in the jaw and the facial structures that tend to atrophy over time when teeth are missing.
To see how implants can improve your smile and chewing ability, a thorough health history review and dental examination with a Reno family dentist will begin the process of restoring your oral health.
Reno Dental Associates can help with:
- Surgical placement of dental implants
- Restoration of implants
- Anchors for dentures
- Replacements for missing teeth
Single Tooth Implants
Implants are the best way to replace missing teeth. Adjacent teeth do not have to be prepared as in the case for a conventional bridge. The implant helps to maintain the jaw bone and gums where the tooth is missing. The best part of replacing a tooth with an implant, is that it feels and looks like a regular tooth!
Multiple Dental Implants
Multiple teeth can also be replaced with implants by means of fixed bridges and fixed dentures. Fixed bridges and dentures can be anchored with implants to provide a natural-looking and permanent set of teeth. There are multiple options to replace missing teeth with implants, so make sure to ask what the possibilities are for you!
Implant Supported Dentures
The best way to anchor dentures is with implants. Old fashioned dentures tend to be ill-fitting and loose as they are used. Dealing with denture pastes and adhesives can be frustrating and time consuming. Implants can be used to secure dentures in place and allow for better comfort with eating, speech and appearance.
Augmenting sites for implants with gum tissue, before or after implant surgery, may be needed. Often, teeth that were lost traumatically or from disease require rehabilitation to allow the site to be aesthetically pleasing when the crown is placed.
Just as the gum tissue around an implant is critical for the health and appearance of the crown, bone grafting is regularly needed to ensure that your implant(s) can be placed in the best position in the jaw. The better position of the implant will allow for a better outcome with the final crown, bridge, or denture.
Often, our Reno family dentists will advise to graft the tooth socket the day the tooth is removed to prevent significant bone resorption that usually occurs in the first few months following a tooth being removed. If a tooth has been missing for a long time, the jaw bone generally needs to be grafted to allow for the implant to be placed properly.