Our last blogs have focused on what dental implants are and who needs them, but do you know the different options for implants? There are three different procedures Dr. Gabhart performs when it comes to implants. Find out more about them below:
1. Single Tooth Replacement
If you only have one tooth missing, a single tooth replacement may be for you. With this procedure, an abutment is attached to the implant. This is a device that joins the implant to a tooth form called a crown, which replaces the tooth part you see in the mouth. The implant will hold a custom-made crown that Dr. Gabhart will fabricate to match to your existing teeth. The crown is cemented onto the abutment to permanently keep it in place. Once the crown is in place, it should be indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
2. Fixed Multiple Tooth Replacement
As with single tooth replacement, temporary healing caps or abutments may be placed on multiple implants. After healing, permanent abutments are attached. They can attach to custom-made crowns or bridgework that a dental laboratory will fabricate to match your existing teeth. In the final step, the custom bridge, which will replace multiple teeth, is cemented onto the abutments. The teeth have been replaced without disturbing the healthy teeth next to them, and bone loss has been halted.
3. Removable Implant-Supported Denture or Partial Denture
Removable dentures are often used to replace extensive tooth, bone and gum-tissue loss, thus providing support for the facial skeleton, lip and cheeks. A new denture can have attachments that snap or clip it into place on the implants or a custom made, milled bar can be fabricated to create additional strength and support for the restoration. Dr. Gabhart will discuss your options during your consultation. A significant advantage of a removable denture is facilitating the cleaning of the dental implants.
If you believe you are a candidate for dental implants and would like to discuss your options, don’t hesitate to contact our office.