There are a number of restorative options for missing teeth, not all of which are functionally effective, and natural looking, as dental implants. A dental implant is made up of 3 parts: the post that fuses with the jawbone, the abutment that is the connection between the implant and the fabricated tooth, and the dental implant crown that fits permanently onto the abutment.
The posts are made from biocompatible titanium, similar to that used in other medical surgeries. These posts fuse into your jawbone and provide a securely fixed support on which we can mount replacement teeth.
In order to cut out the time it would take by going to see a separate specialist, Dr. Hutto can perform dental implant placement right in our office. Once this is done, the healing process usually takes 4-6 months, after which Dr Hutto can attach the connective abutments.
The connective abutments, the elements supporting any replacement teeth, can be attached to the implanted posts to secure any dental crowns, bridges or dentures which are to be fitted. Both full and partial dentures can be chosen, depending on your needs.
Implant Supported Crown
Unlike with a bridge, fitting an implant and crown means we can replace a single lost tooth without having to alter or remove any nearby healthy teeth. By preserving your healthy teeth, the implant restoration will help you to better protect your long-term dental health.
Implant Supported Bridge
Although there are many benefits of having an implant supported crown if only one tooth is missing, a dental bridge may still be needed if you have lost two or more teeth. Once again, the titanium-coated cylinder is placed into the jawbone using local anesthetics and is left to fuse and heal for 3-6 months.
Implant-Supported Dentures & Partials
Usually, fitting a full denture involves having a prosthetic replacement made for all of the upper or lower teeth. An upper denture is kept in place by the use of adhesive, suction, as well your own muscle control. Lower dentures simply use gravity, suction, and possibly even adhesive, to keep them in place.