Boonton Dental Implant Tooth Replacement
Replacing teeth used to mean restoring just those parts of teeth that are visible when patients smile, but over the years, dentists began to realize these restorations did not fully renew oral health the way replacing an entire tooth, both roots and crowns, could. Dental implants offer patients a more complete restoration by replacing the underlying root structure and supporting a replacement tooth or teeth. If you’re missing one or more teeth, contact Cabana Family Dental to schedule a dental implant consultation today. Like any dental treatment, implants are not right for every patient. At an implant consultation, our team will examine your smile and help you determine whether dental implant supported tooth replacement is the best solution for you.
The Dental Implant Process
Dental implant supported tooth replacement takes place over the course of two phases of treatment. We work with a trusted local oral surgeon to complete the first phase, surgical implant placement. A small incision is made in the gum tissue, and an implant post is positioned to support the replacement tooth. The number and placement of dental implants depends in large part on the extent of tooth loss.
Implant-Retained Crowns & Bridges
Patients missing one to four consecutive teeth will need implant supported dental crowns or fixed bridges. To replace a single lost tooth, a dental implant is placed and a single crown is attached to the implant. Two consecutive teeth can often be replaced by connecting two prosthetic teeth and attaching them to a dental implant post. Three or four consecutive teeth may still be replaced with a bridge of crowns (a number of crowns connected to each other), but rather than being supported by a single dental implant post, we typically recommend patients anchor either end of the bridge with a dental implant post.
For more extensive tooth loss, patients will need four or more implant posts strategically placed to support a partial or full denture. Our oral surgeon works with us to find the optimal number of implant posts to provide support for the prosthetic while minimizing the surgical impact.