Carlsbad, CA Dental Implant Supported Tooth Replacements
Replacing missing teeth is essential. Whether patients have lost one tooth or a full arch, restoring their smile to its full form and function is the only way to maintain the optimal level of oral health. Traditionally, tooth replacement solutions only repaired those parts of teeth that were visible above the gum line. Dental implants allow our Carlsbad, CA team to replace the lost root structure and provide natural support for a replacement tooth or teeth. At Polished General Dentistry, Dr. Megan Shelton is happy to offer both the surgical dental implant placement and the restoration of lost tooth structure in our dental office. Contact our team to schedule a dental implant consultation and find out more today.
Dental Implant Placement
The first step of the dental implant process is the surgical placement of the implant posts below the jawline. The procedure will differ due to the number and location of implants to be placed, but the process remains essentially the same. A small incision is made in the gums, and an implant post is placed into the jawline. Then, we place a protective cap over the surgical site to allow the gum tissue to heal and the implant to fuse with the gum and jawbone. This process is known as osseointegration and it typically lasts between three and six months. Once the osseointegration process is complete, patients are ready to return to our office, where we will attach their custom restoration.
Implant-Retained Crowns & Bridges
Patients missing one to four consecutive teeth will likely need an implant-retained dental crown or fixed bridge. A single replacement tooth or two connected replacement teeth are usually supported with a single implant post. Three or four consecutive teeth are anchored with one implant post on either end of the restoration.
Those patients who experience more extensive tooth loss may be interested in an implant supported partial or full denture. Partials are used to replace a number of missing teeth along an arch, and dentures replace a full row of lost teeth. Implant-retained prosthetics are typically supported with between four and six implant posts.
Mini Dental Implants
As the name suggests, mini dental implants are just like their traditional counterparts, only they’re a little smaller. These implant posts are ideal for patients who need to replace smaller teeth at the front of the mouth and those who do not have adequate jawbone or gum tissue to fuse with a traditional dental implant post.
All-on-4® Dental Implants
Patients who need to replace a full arch of lost teeth, but who would like a less invasive surgical option or who have diminished jawbone or gum tissue density, may want to consider All-on-4 tooth replacement. These dentures are connected to just four dental implants. However, unlike traditional implant posts that are strategically placed along the jaw to support the denture, All-on-4 dental implants are implanted into the front portion of the jaw where the bone is naturally denser. The back of the denture is supported by implant posts on both sides that are angled from the back to the front.