Traditional tooth replacement methods only restored the parts of patients’ teeth visible above the gum line. While this is beneficial to improving patients’ appearance, comfort, and ability to chew thoroughly and speak clearly, the root structure is an essential component of maintaining the optimal level of oral health. In addition to supporting the visible tooth structures, the root system stimulates the jawbone and gum tissue promoting jawbone density and the retention of natural gum tissue shape and volume. This is essential to preventing additional tooth loss, bite misalignment, or other oral health concerns. Drs. Manuel and Breya Pazmino are happy to offer the full dental implant placement and restoration process in one office for optimal patient comfort and quality results.
Regardless of the number of dental implants needed to support the restoration, the process is the same. A small incision is made in the gum line, and the implant is precisely positioned to provide optimal support for the dental prosthetic. For a period of between three and six months, the dental implant fuses with the supportive alveolar bone tissue mimicking natural tooth roots in order to support the restoration. Once this process, known as osseointegration, is completed, patients return to our office to have the final restoration attached.
Like traditional dental crowns and fixed bridges, the implant supported varieties are used to replace one to four consecutive missing teeth. A single replacement tooth or two in a row can typically be supported by one dental implant, and a three or four tooth dental bridge can be supported by two dental implant posts at either end.
Traditional partial and full dentures may cause a number of oral health concerns due to their design and support structures that are attached to remaining healthy teeth or jawbone and gum tissue. This may lead to further tooth loss or other oral health issues. Additionally, partial and full dentures only restore a small fraction of patients’ ability to chew foods limiting their diet. By using a strategic number of precisely placed dental implant posts to support the prosthetic, patients achieve a much more natural looking and feeling result and are able to return a number of more difficult to chew foods to their diets.
Patients who have experienced a significant reduction in bone density following tooth loss may not have adequate jawbone density to support a restoration especially a more significant prosthetic like a denture. In these cases, we may recommend bone grafting, a surgical procedure where bone is taken from other parts of the body or mouth, a tissue bank, or synthetic bone is placed on the jaw to strengthen the bone making it possible for the jaw to support a restoration successfully.