Dental implants are small posts that are implanted into the jawbone. The posts are made from biocompatible titanium, which your jawbone fuses to, creating an effective replacement for lost teeth roots. With years of training and experience, Dr. Hutto can perform dental implant placement in our office, making your treatment process simpler by avoiding the need to visit a separate specialist’s office.
After your implants are placed, healing may take up to 4-6 months, after which Dr. Hutto can attach connective abutments to the posts and secure your dental crown, bridge, partial, or full denture.
Replacing a single lost tooth can often be achieved with a lifelike dental bridge, but for many patients, Dr. Hutto may recommend a dental implant-supported crown, instead. A single post can be implanted into the jawbone, then topped with a lifelike dental crown to replace the root and top portion (also called a crown) of your lost tooth.
With an implant and crown, you can replace your lost tooth without having to alter the healthy teeth that remain, which is necessary to support a conventional dental bridge. By preserving your healthy tooth structure, the implant restoration also helps you better protect your long-term dental health.
An implant-supported crown can replace a single lost tooth in lieu of a dental bridge, but if you’ve lost two or more teeth in a row, then a bridge may still be necessary to replace them. Fortunately, dental implants can also be utilized to support a bridge with more than one replacement tooth for improved stability and longevity.
Like an implant and crown, an implant-supported bridge offers the benefit of completely rebuilding your smile while not having to alter nearby teeth for support.
Implant-Supported Denture & Partials
Every time a tooth is lost, your jawbone experiences a decrease in stimulation due to the missing root. In cases of complete edentulism (tooth loss), this decrease can be significant enough that the shape of the jawbone changes over time. This can make a custom-designed denture eventually lose its grip and need readjustment or replacement. Implants can not only stabilize partials and dentures but also maintain bone volume that would result due to tooth loss.