For anyone facing the loss of a tooth, whether due to infection, trauma, or other defects, it is important to consider all of the available options for restoring the missing tooth or teeth.
When it comes to dental restorations, the various techniques can be a little bit overwhelming at first glance. Most patients in Pompano Beach, FL are familiar with traditional restorative options for missing teeth, including crowns, bridges, and dentures, but the field of implant dentistry is a new concept for many. The expertly trained dental professionals at SEDA Dental of Pompano Beach offer state-of-the-art dental implants and implant-supported restorations in addition to traditional restorations. To find out what may work best for you, here is some information on both traditional as well as implant-supported dental restorations.
What Are Traditional Restorations for Tooth Replacement?
A dental restoration refers to the artificial piece made to look cosmetically appealing and restore function while replacing a missing or damaged tooth. Traditional dental restorations for tooth replacements are either removable or semi-permanent, such as a fixed bridge or a full or partial denture. The two basic traditional tooth replacements are:
Bridge: Referencing its own name, a “bridge” does just that: it bridges the gap created by multiple missing teeth. Most often, dental crowns are cemented in place over the natural teeth on either side of the gap, called the abutment teeth, and false teeth – or pontics – are attached to the crowns. Unlike a partial, a “bridge” typically refers to a semi-permanent restoration that is not removable by the patient.
Dentures: A denture is a set of artificial teeth used to overcome tooth loss and can be partial (replacing several teeth) or full (replacing a full arch of teeth). Partial dentures rely on remaining teeth for support while full dentures are often held in place with a denture adhesive product.
What Is a Dental Implant?
The term “implant” actually refers only to the titanium screw that is implanted into a patient’s jawbone – via an incision in the gum – in place of a missing tooth root. Not only can implants very successfully support individual crown, bridge, and denture restorations, they can also stimulate jawbone health and deter the loss of bone tissue in the absence of a natural tooth root.
How Does the Implant Procedure Work?
While relatively routine, it is imperative that when selecting a provider to place dental implants in Pompano Beach, FL, patients evaluate the dentist’s experience, skill, and knowledge. SEDA Dental of Pompano Beach boasts an incredibly high rate of success and satisfaction in implant dentistry.
A local anesthetic, and often sedation, are used to keep patients comfortable throughout the implant placement procedure. A small incision is made in the gums and the dentist inserts the titanium screw implant directly into the jawbone. Sutures are then used to close the incision. A temporary crown or other restoration may be placed at this time to help maintain oral function and appearance. Over the next 3 – 6 months, the implant will integrate into the jawbone. Once it has been determined that the implant has successfully and fully integrated, the permanent restoration will be placed.
It is important to note that the highly skilled dentists at SEDA Dental of Pompano Beach are committed to treating and preserving natural teeth first and foremost. However, there are some cases when a tooth may already be missing or when extracting a tooth may be necessary, such as when a tooth is damaged or infected to the point where it cannot be restored or saved. Dental implants can be a highly effective and beneficial solution, whether you have already lost a tooth or are facing a tooth extraction. If it is determined that a dental implant is right for you, then you can begin exploring the world of implant-supported restorations.
How Is an Implant-Supported Restoration Different From Traditional Restorations?
The most obvious difference in implant-supported restorations and traditional restorations is the use of implants, or titanium screws. In the case of implant-supported crowns, a dental crown is attached to the implant screw. With bridges and dentures, the same basic method is used. Implants are inserted into the jawbone, followed by the attachment of a dental bridge or denture appliance.
Unlike traditional restorations, dental implants afford Pompano Beach, FL patients the ability to eat, speak, smile, and live comfortably and without the worry of their restorations shifting or falling out. Many patients report being able to relax more than they have in years and eat foods that they have not been able to enjoy in decades. Implant-supported restorations are designed to look, feel, and function almost identically to natural teeth.
The Pompano Beach, FL dental implant market can be a confusing place. Let the knowledgeable team at SEDA Dental of Pompano Beach guide you through the process from start to finish and help determine which restorative method is right for you. Call our office to schedule your consultation today, and you can have the smile of your dreams in no time!