Dental implants are titanium screws that are placed into your jaw to hold a crown, bridge or denture.
Implants require a certain amount of bone in the area that they are to be placed and in some instances bone grafting is required.
If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak and eat again with comfort and confidence then implants might just be for you.
Single Tooth Replacement
Single-tooth implants are ideal when you missing one tooth and in most cases implants are more conservative than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support. The implant is surgically placed in the jawbone and is left for 8-12 weeks while it integrates (fuses) to your bone. The implant essentially acts as a new “root” so that a crown can be placed on top of it. The crown is made to look like a natural tooth, is attached to the implant and fills the space left in the mouth by the missing tooth.
Multiple tooth replacement
An implant-supported bridge is simply a regular dental bridge that is supported by implants instead of natural teeth. These are ideal when you are missing several teeth side by side and is more cost efficient than individual implants. If you are missing a few front teeth as a result of an unfortunate hockey accident or if you are missing back teeth because you chose to remove them years ago then implant bridges provide a stable and effective way of replacing those teeth.
Full Arch Replacement
An implant-supported denture is recommended if you have no teeth in the jaw but have enough bone in the jaw to support implants. If you are a denture wearer and you simply cannot get a good fit with your denture then this might be just right for you. Implant-supported dentures are generally made for the lower jaw because regular lower dentures tend to be very unstable. Usually, upper dentures are more stable and don’t need the extra support offered by implants but if you do have an ill-fitting upper then an implant supported one can be made for you.
Dental implants require bone underneath them for support and to ensure that the implant can integrate properly into the mouth. People who have been without teeth for a prolonged period may not have enough bone left in the necessary locations. Bone grafting can be as simple as injecting a synthetic or natural bone paste into the site that will accept the implant or, in more involved cases is a surgical procedure that replaces the missing bone with bone from your own body. Dr. Seebach uses the synthetic bone graft material for his in office implants and if a larger graft is required then a surgeon will be involved. In this case, bone can be taken from the chin or even from the pelvis and used in the site where a future implant will be placed.