The Perfect Substitute for Missing Teeth
If you’ve lost a part of your natural smile, it can be a serious blow to your self-esteem and your oral health. That’s why we hope you’ll pay the Smile Artisans team a visit here in Cypress as soon as possible to explore your tooth replacement options. While Dr. Gutierrez offers multiple reconstructive services, there’s one clear frontrunner: dental implants. Dental implants rebuild all of the components of your natural tooth, resulting in a seamlessly lifelike result that feels and functions like the genuine article. In fact, their high-quality design is built to last for countless years and even the rest of the patient’s natural life. To schedule an implant consultation, please contact our practice today.
What Happens During Dental Implant Placement?
After confirming that you’re a solid candidate for dental implants, the first major step of the procedure is to insert your tooth’s new ‘root’ (the implant itself) into the jawbone. While countless other dental practices in our area have to refer their patients to separate specialists for this surgical process, we have the experience and the advanced training needed to perform it here in our office.
Once the implant is safely seated within the bone, Mother Nature will start to take over. Throughout a process known as osseointegration, your natural oral tissue and bone will gradually surround the biocompatible implant and bond with it. This creates a solid and enduring foundation for the restoration(s) that will be attached over it.
What are My Options for Dental Implant Restoration?
There are several choices available, and our recommendation will depend upon the patient’s particular needs and preferences. They include:
- Implant-Retained Crown – An all-ceramic crown can be used to restore a singular implant/tooth in a way that does not negatively affect the health of surrounding natural teeth.
- Implant-Retained Bridge – If you have multiple missing teeth in a consecutive row, a bridge can be anchored in place to replace them with the help of one implant on either side.
- Implant-Retained Denture – An implant-retained denture can cover several implants at once, which makes it a more cost-effective option that still comes with valuable oral health benefits. These prosthetics can be fixed (permanent) or removable in nature.
- All-On-4 Denture – If you’ve lost an entire row of teeth and are determined to regain your full smile as soon as possible, an All-On-4 denture can provide the perfect solution. Like the name suggests, your customized denture will be attached to just four strategically placed implants immediately after they’ve been surgically placed within the jawbone.
What are Mini Dental Implants?
Jawbone deterioration is a serious consequence of natural tooth loss, and one that becomes more and more pronounced over time. As a result, patients who wait to pursue implant replacement may find that their mouth no longer has the healthy bone density needed to support them. As a worthwhile alternative, Dr. Gutierrez can use mini dental implants instead. Mini dental implants are small enough that virtually all patients can receive them successfully, and they can be used to anchor a custom-made denture in place that should serve patients well over the years.