Implant restorations are dental prostheses supported by dental implants. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots surgically placed into the jawbone, providing a stable foundation for a variety of implant restorations.
At Dental Health Center, we recommend implant restorations to patients because they feel and function like natural teeth and are the most reliable tooth replacement options. Patients who choose implant restorations regain confidence in their smiles and are able to eat comfortably and speak just like before. In addition, implants prevent bone loss in the jaw by stimulating the bone and preventing it from being reabsorbed back into the body.
Types of Implant RestorationsSingle Implant Crown
This type of implant restoration is used when a single tooth is missing. It involves the placement of a dental implant in the jawbone, followed by attaching a custom-made dental crown to the implant. The implant acts as an artificial tooth root, providing stability and support for the crown, which resembles a natural tooth.Implant-Supported Bridge
An implant-supported bridge is used to replace multiple missing teeth. Dental implants are placed on either end of the gap created by the missing teeth, and a bridge consisting of artificial teeth is attached to the implants. The implants provide the necessary support, eliminating the need for adjacent healthy teeth to anchor the bridge.
Implant-supported dentures are used when all or most teeth are missing in the upper or lower jaw. Multiple dental implants are placed strategically along the jawbone, and a full denture is securely attached. Implant-supported dentures provide increased stability, improved chewing function, and enhanced comfort compared to removable dentures.
The Procedure for Implant Restorations
Once it's determined that dental implants are a viable option, the dentist will develop a personalized treatment plan. The plan will include the number of implants needed, the type of implant restoration, and any additional procedures required, such as bone grafting or gum surgery to improve the site for implant placement.
The next step is the surgical placement of the dental implants. This is typically done under local anesthesia to ensure comfort during the procedure. The dental implants, which are titanium screws or posts, are precisely placed into the jawbone in the locations where teeth are missing. The jawbone will need time to heal and integrate with the implants in a process called osseointegration, which usually takes a few months.
After the healing period, the dentist in Rexburg, ID will take impressions of your mouth to create models of your teeth and gums. These models will be used to design the custom implant restorations, such as dental crowns, bridges, or dentures. The restorations will be carefully crafted to match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth, providing a seamless and natural-looking result.
Implant restorations provide a long-term solution for missing teeth. Visit Dental Health Center at 56 Professional Plaza, Rexburg, ID 83440, or call (208) 356-9262 to determine if implant restorations suit your dental needs.