“I hate the movement of my dentures when I eat!”
Before the development of dental implants, dentures were the only substitute to replacing a missing tooth or teeth.
Implants are structures that are placed in the area of a tooth that has been lost due to any circumstances and will provide you with a natural chewing situation. Not everyone is a candidate for a dental implant; however, for a successful implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and a healthy immune system.
Implants simulate the look and feel of natural teeth and are usually made of a synthetic yet biocompatible material like titanium or ceramic. It’s a look and feel that is natural and comfortable for a patient’s mouth.
The initial aspect of therapy includes oral surgery to prepare the area for an implant to be placed within the mouth. Following the procedure, a period of time is necessary for the implant to integrate in the bone. After the implant osteointegrates, the tooth is restored to proper form and function as a natural look and feel within your mouth.
Because implants require a surgical procedure, patients are administered anesthesia and, if needed, antibiotics to ward off any possible infection following the procedure.
As with all other dental restoratives, implants require a strict oral hygiene routine to ensure long-lasting renewal.
All on Four Restorative
Do you envision yourself being able to eat the way you want, look the way you want, and feel the way you want without having to worry about your missing teeth or a poor-fitting alternative? Did you know that when missing teeth aren’t replaced, a host of potentially serious oral health problems can arise, including periodontal disease? All-on-4 implants bring your smile back to its organic state, helping you to fend off the various challenges your oral health may suffer with a much more effective restorative method than others used in the past.
Restorative in a Day
Our office is one of the most advanced in restoring with implants in a procedure that is known as an “All on Four, Restorative in a Day” to rid the patients of dentures or partial dentures and create a more permanent tooth structure in your mouth. It is basically an implant surgery and restoration all completed in one day.
We work with an oral surgeon and a laboratory to create an ideally perfect situation, which attributes to a happy and healthy patient. We will strategically place four to five implants, with posterior ones placed at an angle so as to avoid the need for any tedious bone grafting. Then, we’ll fit your new, permanent dentures into place over them. Your mouth is restored within four to five hours. There is no recovery time, along with no additional procedures, and no waiting. You’ll be astounded by how quickly your smile is transformed with same day dentures!
All-on-4 implants keep the jawbone healthy. A jawbone over time can deteriorate and damage your facial structure when teeth have been missing for too long without adequate replacement. Even other tooth replacement solutions, such as bridges and regular dentures, can’t provide relief from this problem, as they don’t replicate the root system that helps keep the jawbone full and functional. With the All-on-4’s firm and instantaneous dentures, we can make your appearance incredible. It not only erases wrinkles and caved-in areas around the face, but can also make some patients look fifteen years younger!
Caring for Your “new teeth”
The best part of the All-on-4 is there are no special procedures when it comes to caring for the dental implant. They look and function like normal teeth! You basically need to brush and floss them regularly, and make regular cleanings appointments for a professional cleaning. Here’s something even better… you don’t have to make any dietary changes because you can eat whatever you want, whenever you want!
Crowns are a restorative procedure used to improve your tooth’s shape or to strengthen a tooth. Crowns are synthetic caps, typically made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth and are usually used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. They are also used for broken teeth, worn teeth or teeth that have been destroyed by decay. Other uses of a crown are for attaching bridges, covering implants and enabling restoration to teeth to create a more natural appearance.
A crown, also known as a cap, is cemented onto an existing tooth which covers the portion of your tooth above the gum line. As a result, the crown becomes your tooth’s new exterior surface. They are made of two different types of material, porcelain, metal, or both. Porcelain crowns are most often favored because they simulate natural teeth and are very resilient.
With proper care, a crown could last up to eight years or longer. It is imperative to floss in the area of the crown to avoid excess plaque or collection of debris around the restoration.
Certain behaviors such as jaw clenching or bruxism (teeth grinding) significantly shorten the life of a crown. Moreover, eating brittle foods, ice or hard candy can compromise the adhesion of the crown, or even damage the crown. If you feel you tend to grind you teeth, ask us about Night Guards!
Bridges are natural-looking dental appliances that can replace a section of missing teeth as well as maintain the shape of your face and alleviate stress on your bite. Because they are custom-made, bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth. Your bridge can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials and is bonded onto surrounding teeth for support.
Bridges are sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures, because they are semi-permanent and are bonded to existing teeth or implants. Some bridges are removable and can be cleaned by the person wearing them. Some bridges need to be removed by a dentist and cleaned professionally. In order for any bridge to be successful, the foundation, which consists of other teeth, gums, or bone to which it is attached, needs to be healthy. Therefore, it is very important to keep your existing teeth and gums in optimal condition.