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Tooth Replacement Options

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For those who have last just a few consecutive teeth, there are three main tooth replacement options outlined below:

Traditional Dental Bridges

A traditional dental bridge is created by fusing two dental crowns to either side of one or more replacement teeth. To support the restoration, the dental crowns are attached to healthy teeth on either side of the gap in a patient’s smile. While these restorations repair the form and function of your smile, they do require the removal of healthy tooth structure in order to complete the process. For this reason, we usually recommend a self-supporting implant retained restoration instead.

Implant-Retained Dental Crowns

For one lost tooth, we can place a single implant post to replace the missing tooth root. Then, we’ll attach a custom crafted dental crown to the top of the implant post, recreating the lost tooth.

Implant-Retained Bridges

For two or a few missing teeth in a row, an implant-retained bridge will be recommended. Like the traditional bridge, these restorations are crafted by fusing replacement teeth together in a row. Rather than attaching to surrounding teeth, they are held in position by two dental implant posts, one at each end of the bridge.

Benefits of Implant-Retained Dental Crowns & Bridges

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We truly consider implant-retained dental crowns and bridges to be the gold standard in tooth replacement. Some of the many reasons we recommend dental implant tooth replacement solutions include:

  • Self-Supporting – rather than relying on healthy teeth for support, your implant-retained crown or bridge is fully self-supporting thanks to the implant posts that take the place of your lost tooth roots.
  • Long-Lasting – a traditional dental crown or bridge needs to be replaced every ten years, but an implant supported restoration can last thirty years or longer with proper care.
  • Natural-Functioning – your implant-retained dental crown and bridge will look, feel, and function just like your healthy natural teeth.

The Implant-Retained Dental Crown & Bridge Process

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Like all implant supported tooth replacement plans, implant-retained dental crowns and bridges are placed over the course of a multi-phase process. The first step is to plan your treatment and prepare your smile. Preparations may include providing oral health improving treatments like gum disease therapies, removing damaged teeth, and placing bone or soft tissue grafts. Once your smile is prepared, we’ll place one or two implant posts. After placement, these implants will need to fuse with the underlying bone and gum tissue to mimic the lost tooth roots. This process can take several months. Once the implant is firmly affixed to the supportive structures, we’ll attach the abutment posts that will connect with the dental crown or bridge. After the abutments are in place, we design your restoration. Once we receive the final crown or bridge from our dental lab, you can return to our dental office where we’ll place your restoration.

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