Dental implants are used to replace any tooth within the upper or lower jaw, and there are no limits to the number of implants a patient can receive, provided there is sufficient, healthy bone and soft tissue to support and maintain the implant. Advances in implant dentistry have made it easier for patients who need multiple implants in the same region to utilize two or more implants with a bridge prosthetic, rather than placing an implant for each missing tooth. Depending on individual needs, treatment is customized for the best results possible and support of natural jaw and teeth.
In order to successfully place implants, the jawbone and soft tissue must be sufficient to support the implant and maintain that support. When teeth are missing for an extended period of time, the jawbone often begins receding, and these patients may require a bone graft in preparation for dental implants. The dentist works to provide the best options for meeting the needs of individual patients, making treatment planning a very personalized process. The implant crown or prosthetic is custom-made for each patient, as well.
In order to successfully place implants, the jawbone and soft tissue must be sufficient to support the implant and maintain that support.
Once the patient is prepared for the implant procedure, the dentist or surgeon places the dental implants where needed, often under general anesthesia for a faster, more comfortable procedure. Impressions are taken of the upper and/or lower jaw to provide a model for designing the prosthetic elements, usually a crown on individual implants, or a bridge connecting implants and filling empty space between them. As with other crowns and prosthetics, these are custom-made for a fit and color that suits the patient’s mouth.
After the dental implants are fitted with a crown or bridge, or with a full denture in some cases, the patient simply has to maintain oral hygiene and enjoy improved quality of life. The crown or prosthetic can be removed by the dentist if needed, without damaging the implants for continued care and monitoring. Dental implants have revolutionized treatment options for missing teeth or those in need of full dentures.
For additional information on dental implants, prosthetic options, and other customized treatments available, contact our skilled dental team, Drs. Bonner & Huriega today!