Tooth Replacement with Dental Implants
Traditional tooth replacement options only restore the portions of teeth that are visible when patients smile, but these restorations do not fully renew oral health as they don’t replace the supportive underlying root structures. At Anderson Dental, we offer implant placement and restoration in our comfortable Anthem dental practice. Contact us to find out more or schedule a dental implant consultation.
Dental Implant Placement
Replacing missing teeth with dental implants is a two phase process. The first phase is the surgical placement of dental implant posts. A small incision is made in the gum tissue, and an implant post is inserted. Over the course of three to six months, these titanium implant posts fuse with supportive alveolar bone and gum tissue mimicking root structure.
Implant-Retained Crowns & Bridges
Once the dental implant has fused with the supportive tissues, we are able to attach tooth replacement prosthetics. Patients missing one to four consecutive missing teeth will need a dental crown or fixed bridge. An individual missing tooth is replaced with a single implant connected to a dental crown, and two consecutive teeth are typically replaced with two connected crowns affixed to one implant. Three or four missing teeth in a row are replaced with a fixed bridge supported at either end by a dental implant post.
Patients with more extensive tooth loss need an implant-retained partial or full denture. Like their traditional counterparts, partials and dentures replace numerous teeth along a single arch or a full row of teeth. We use the minimum number of implant posts that will still effectively support teeth. Usually, dentures can be supported by four to eight strategically positioned dental implant posts. We offer both fixed and removable partial and full dentures depending on patient preference.
All-on-4 & Teeth-in-a-Day Cases
In the past, patients with significant tooth loss who lacked jawbone density needed to undergo painful, time consuming bone grafting procedures prior to receiving dental implant supported tooth replacement. Additionally, patients with significant tooth loss often needed to wait weeks or months before receiving a prosthetic. At Anderson Dental, we offer a solution using the All-on-4 and Teeth-in-a-Day procedures. These implant tooth replacements allow our team to place fewer implant posts and offer patients a dental prosthetic on the same day implants are placed. Using just four dental implants, these treatment options require less jawbone density to provide the same amount of support. Teeth-in-a-Day procedures take advantage of the naturally denser parts of the jaw at the front to offer optimal support on a minimal number of implants. Two posts are placed vertically, and two longer posts are angled towards the back of the jawbone providing adequate support for a full denture.