Implant Supported Tooth Replacement
Dental implants have changed the way we replace missing teeth, giving dentists the ability to restore the entire tooth not just the visible portions. Crafted from high quality titanium, dental implants are inserted below the gum line where they form a natural fusion with the supportive gum and bone tissues closely mimicking tooth roots. This implant supported tooth replacement option is completed in two phases the surgical placement of the implants and the restoration of missing teeth. Many general dentistry practices refer patients out of the office for the surgical portion of treatment. At Vista Dental Care, we utilize our state-of-the-art CT/Conebeam scanner to accurately and precisely plan for the surgical positioning of these implant posts into the jaw. That means we’re able to perform the entire procedure both the surgical implantation and restoration. If you’d like to find out more about the dental implant process, contact our Sparks dentist and team to schedule a consultation. We’ll help you find the best tooth replacement option for your smile.
The Dental Implant Placement Process
Because Dr. Marc Thomas is dedicated to continuing education in order to provide advanced services for our patients, he has completed training in dental implant placement. Our office also has access to many of the innovative technologies that surgical practices utilize to make implant placement safe and effective, including a CT scanner. The procedure itself is fairly straightforward. We’ll use our 3D scans to determine the best position for the implant. Then, we make a small incision in the soft tissue where the implant post can be inserted. A protective cap is placed to allow the implant site to heal and preserve the space necessary to attach the restoration once the healing process is complete. Patients will typically need to wait three or more months following treatment for the implant post to fuse with the jaw creating a support that closely resembles the natural root system.
Dental Implant Restorations
Depending on the number and location of missing teeth, your restoration process will vary. Typically, we recommend one of the following options:
- Crowns – to replace one tooth, we anchor a crown to one implant post, and we may be able to fuse two crowns together replacing two teeth attached to one implant post
- Bridges – when patients are missing numerous consecutive teeth, we can use an implant post at each end of a fixed bridge to support the tooth replacement prosthetic, and in some cases, we can use a series of bridges to replace an entire arch of teeth though this is rare
- Partials and full dentures – like their traditional counterparts, implant supported dentures use a gum-colored base material to support numerous replacement teeth up to a full arch, and they can typically be anchored using four to six implant posts