Replacing even a single missing tooth is essential to ensure patients are able to speak clearly and chew thoroughly. If a tooth is not replaced, the surrounding teeth will shift to fill in the gap left in patients’ smiles, jawbone density will diminish, and gum tissue volume will decrease. In short, even a single lost tooth can completely transform the appearance of the smile and facial structure. Dental implant supported tooth replacement solutions from Smiles of Santa Fe will fully restore the form and function of patients’ smiles. Contact us to schedule a dental implant consultation today.
The first stage of the tooth replacement process is the surgical placement of dental implant posts below the gum line. We partner with local specialists who will perform this phase of treatment with optimal safety and effectiveness. Following the implant placement procedure, most patients need to wait between one and three months to allow the implant post to fuse with the jawbone in order to provide a stable foundation to support the replacement tooth or teeth. After this fusion has occurred, the patient will return to our office where we’ll attach their implant-retained prosthetic.
Patients missing one tooth or several consecutive teeth will likely choose a dental implant supported crown or fixed bridge. A single tooth is typically replaced by attaching a crown to one implant post, and two consecutive missing teeth can usually be restored by connecting two crowns and attaching the connected teeth to one implant post. Patients missing three or four consecutive teeth will need a fixed bridge that combines multiple dental crowns, and supports both ends of the bridge with a dental implant post.
Do embarrassing denture-slippage moments haunt your dreams at night? Foul-tasting adhesives are unreliable and may fail at the worst possible times. Dr. Davis can give denture wearers peace of mind and more confidence by anchoring dentures to dental implants.
Dental Implant-supported dentures offer the greatest reliability and comfort, eliminating the need for messy adhesives. A thorough evaluation by Dr. Davis can determine if you might be a candidate for dental implants. If so, you’ll visit an oral surgeon whom Dr. Davis trusts to have titanium rods implanted into your jawbone. Your bone will integrate the titanium, creating stable prosthetics that work like natural tooth roots. Your dentures will snap onto the titanium posts, and viola! No more worries about slippage.