Implant-Supported Prosthetics

At Crossroads Family Dentistry we offer a variety of tailor-made solutions to tooth loss that will rehabilitate and restore your beautiful smile. Because of the advancements in dentistry made over the last several decades, we can now offer you several solutions to tooth loss that are life-like and permanent. If you are looking for a permanent solution then Dr. Tyng will most likely recommend some fixed, implant-supported restorations.

Understanding Implants

It is a common misconception that implants are just single tooth replacements. In fact, the term implant refers to a small titanium screw that is surgically anchored into the bone below the pockets of the teeth. A restoration is an artificial tooth that is attached to the implant to create a true-to-life illusion. Implants can anchor one restoration or several. Dr. Tyng will help you decide what option works best for you.

Implant-supported Restorations

Implant-supported restorations have several advantages. The most prominent benefit to implants happens below the gumline. When an individual loses a tooth or multiple teeth, the alveolar bone that once anchored them into place begins to recede. The degeneration of this bone can cause many problems, including but not limited to: facial collapse, premature aging, and further tooth loss. Implants imitate natural teeth on a structural level, and in doing so, prevent bone loss and the complications associated with it.
Another advantage of implants is the stability they provide. Removable prosthetics are infamous for falling out or moving around in the mouth at the most inconvenient moments. Fixed systems are firmly secured in your mouth, don’t slide around, and will improve and restore your mouth to its original functionality.

Types of Fixed, Implant-Supported Restorations

There are two types of implant-supported systems. The first type is removable and needs to be detached every night for cleaning. The second is fixed, which means that it is permanent. If you decide on a fixed restoration, then you will need to choose from the following:

Crown: A single restoration that is affixed to an implant.
Bridge: Either one or two implants are strategically placed as posts at the anterior edges of the gap where the teeth once were. The anterior posts serve as support for the artificial teeth or resin that is used to fill in the gap.
Partial Denture: For individuals who are missing multiple teeth in a specific area.
Full Arch: A solution for someone who is missing all of their teeth on either one or both of their upper or lower arches.

The Drawbacks

Although the benefits of implant restorations far outweigh the drawbacks, no solution is perfect. Here are some of the hurdles you will want to take into consideration:
• You may have to undergo a bone grafting procedure if there is not enough bone available for the implants to fuse to.
• Fixed implants are often more expensive than other temporary solutions.
• The length of time and the number of procedures a patient requires varies greatly. Implants, typically take longer than other solutions.

Aesthetic Quality

Implants don’t just facilitate function, but also are quite beautiful. We know that having missing teeth can be embarrassing and emotionally damaging. It is important to us that you receive customizable and true-to-life restorations that are indistinguishable from natural teeth.