Types of Implants
Single Dental Implants
Single dental implants are the most straightforward way to replace teeth. These prosthetic devices are the equivalent of an entire tooth — from crown to root. A strong metal post is inserted into the jawbone, serving as a solid anchor for the tooth. Once the post fuses with the bone, a permanent crown is placed. In many cases, porcelain is the material of choice for the crown, as it is not only entirely natural looking, it is by far the best material from a functional standpoint.
For patients who are missing most or all of their teeth, the All-on-4 option is the perfect way to create a full set of durable and aesthetically pleasing teeth. This procedure is similar to single dental implants in that it involves the use of surgical-grade titanium posts. Only four posts are needed, however, as they are strategically placed throughout the upper or lower arch. Once in place, a metal bar spans each post and provides an attachment surface for a set of custom-made teeth. These teeth are much stronger than dentures and allow patients to enjoy all the foods they did with their natural teeth. All-on-4 dental implants are also a more permanent and durable option compared to dentures, as the appliances can only be removed by a dentist.
Denture Stabilization and Mini Dental Implants
The biggest drawback of dentures is that they can be unstable or loose-fitting in the mouth. If you have dentures and are experiencing this problem, denture stabilization is an excellent option for making your denture more comfortable and functional. This process consists of placing several “mini” implant posts in the jawbone. These mini posts make it possible to easily snap dentures on and off. While in place, though, the denture is far more secure than traditional dentures. The procedure can be completed in one day, allowing patients to eat with their new denture as soon as they leave the office.
Dental Implants and Bridges
Dental implant technology also offers a huge improvement on traditional bridges. Implant bridges are similar to single dental implants, except that multiple teeth can be replaced with only two posts. Unlike a traditional crown and bridge, which requires alteration of natural teeth to place a crown, implant bridges consist of two posts on either side of an edentulous (i.e., toothless) space. Replacement teeth then span the area and provide a more functional eating surface than with typical bridges.
If you are missing one, multiple, or all of your teeth, Dr. Robert Harrell can offer numerous dental implant solutions to help restore your smile and your self-confidence. Just as important, you can once again experience the joy of eating, chewing and speaking without pain or discomfort. Dental implants do not require any special hygienic practices and can be brushed just as though they were natural teeth. At Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne, we are committed to helping our patients enjoy a better lifestyle. If you are ready to smile with pride once again, call us at (704) 541-9888 or email Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne today to schedule a free, no-obligation smile consultation with Dr. Harrell. During your consultation, a complimentary digital smile preview (an $85 value) will be created to show how you will look when your treatment is complete.
Dental Implants Procedure
The process of placing dental implants begins with creating a small hole in the jawbone beneath the area in need of a replacement tooth. Dr. Harrell then places a surgical-grade titanium post into the hole. The post has threads similar to those on a screw, making it easier for the surrounding bone to fuse with the post. This process, known as “osseointegration,” is given ample time to complete, although in some instances a crown can be placed on the same day. Regardless, dental implants are topped with a porcelain crown. Combined with a solid anchor within the jaw, these types of crowns give patients full use of their new tooth. In fact, the function and appearance of dental implants is nearly identical to that of natural teeth.
In some cases, sufficient bone mass for placement of the titanium post may not be present in the jaw. Dr. Harrell can perform procedures that increase the bone density and create an ideal substrate for placing dental implants.
There are several dental implant variations that can be beneficial in a full-mouth reconstruction. Several teeth can be replaced with only two posts, or an entire arch of teeth may be seated on only 4 posts, a method known as “all on 4.” Finally, dental implants can be used to create far better dentures, including those which easily snap on and off.
When it comes to full-mouth reconstruction, dental implants are the most powerful tool for restoring your smile. Dr. Harrell has placed countless implants and has helped patients reclaim every aspect of their smile, from function to appearance. If you are ready for a happier and healthier lifestyle, call (704) 541-9888 today to schedule a free, no-obligation smile consultation with Dr. Harrell. During your consultation, a complimentary digital smile preview (an $85 value) will be created to show how you will look when your treatment is complete.