Rejuvenating a smile to its natural function, health, and beauty not only feels good, but it also encourages long-lasting oral health. Because of gum recession, periodontal disease, injury, trauma, genetic factors, or advanced decay, natural teeth may not be able to stand the test of time without help.
Dental health complications such as missing or severely damaged teeth can impact your smile’s function as well as your overall quality of life. As your trusted dentist, Dr. Christopher Edmondson has the knowledge, compassion, and skill to help you renew every aspect of your smile with high-quality restorations paired with beautiful, lasting results.
With a long-standing commitment to smiles throughout Denton County, our dentist helps preserve the overall well-being of your smile with reliable methods and materials that are durable and long-lasting. For patients suffering from the repercussions of missing teeth, we are happy to provide tooth replacement options including dental implants, expertly placed by our in-house periodontist!
If you are looking to restore your smile to its optimal look, feel, and function, contact Denton Family Dentistry today!
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What are Dental Restorations and Restorative Treatments?
Dental restorations include a variety of treatments and techniques we use to replace missing teeth and repair dental damage. Tooth loss and damaged teeth can be the result of decay, injury, deterioration of a previously placed restoration, or complex fracture of a tooth.
Our reliable and aesthetically-pleasing dental restorations include:
Our treatments for restorative care include:
When Do I Need a Dental Restoration?
Though teeth are strong, they can wear, break, chip, decay, and fall out even with regular dental care. These conditions can affect more than just your desired aesthetics; they can affect oral health and overall quality of life. A damaged smile can result in infection and loss of bone; other problems may cause a shift in your bite's position and comfort, possibly spurring-on other issues such as TMJ and jaw-related pain.
The good news is that with quality restorations, these dental complications can be easily treated. If you have one or more that are severely damaged or missing within your smile, be sure to contact our office to discover which restorative option will best suit your needs!
5 Important Factors to Consider When Choosing a Dental Restoration
Your restoration relies heavily on the reasons for your treatment. Even so, when it comes to restoring your smile, you have many options.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Edmondson takes the time to discuss each restoration option with you, their ideal uses, as well as your specific needs, concerns, and expectations. His goal is to help you understand the benefits of each to make an informed decision about your treatment.
Five primary factors we can help you consider your restoration options include:
- Number of missing teeth or extent of dental damage
- Location of issues in the smile
- You're current oral and overall health
- Budget and insurance coverage
- Your dental goals and lifestyle
By taking the time to establish strong communication and thorough understanding, we can provide personalized and comprehensive care. This helps our dentist determine the ideal restoration option for your smile and how many dental implants need to be placed for your prosthetic to stay secure and long-lasting.
What’s the Difference Between Traditional and Implant-Supported Restorations?
While both traditional and implant-supported restorations utilize crowns, bridges, dentures, and partials, the difference is in which method is used to keep them secure.
Traditional restorations like dentures, traditional bridges, and partials are often considered removable as they typically rely on natural suction and/or adhesives to stay in place as they rest on the gums. A fixed bridge is permanently anchored to neighboring teeth by crowns, and traditional crowns are cemented onto a damaged tooth, encompassing the existing structure.
Implant-supported restorations are just that. They are supported by one or multiple dental implants that restore essential stimulation to your jawbone while offering a strong foundation for your restoration that lasts. With accurate implant placement, your implant-supported restoration will not slip, slide, or become dislodged so you can smile with renewed beauty and peace of mind.
Implant-Supported Crowns for Single-Tooth Replacement
A dental crown is a restoration that replaces the top, visible part of the tooth. When a single tooth is missing or is so severely damaged that it must be extracted, it needs to be replaced and can be fully restored when affixed to a dental implant. The crown is supported by a titanium implant post that serves as an artificial tooth root which is surgically implanted into the jawbone.
The implant secures the crown in place, ensuring a sturdy fit and keeping your new tooth and surrounding teeth from shifting out of position. An implant-supported crown is designed to mimic the natural shape, size, and color of your teeth, giving you a beautiful smile that’s sure to last.
Bridges Supported by Implants for Multiple-Tooth Replacement
A bridge is a restoration ideal for replacing two or more missing teeth in a row. Although there are many forms of this type of restoration, bridges supported by dental implants are often the strongest option for a multiple-tooth replacement.
Implant-Supported Dentures for Full Arch Replacement
An implant-supported denture is a type of overdenture (a removable partial denture or a complete denture that covers and rests on one or more remaining natural teeth, the roots of natural teeth, or dental implants) that is supported by, and attached to, implants. A regular, traditional denture rests on the gums and is not supported by implants.
An implant-supported denture is used when there are no remaining teeth left, but there is enough bone in the jaw to support implants.
An implant-supported denture has special fixtures that snap onto attachments affixed to implants. They hold the denture securely in place by anchoring them to the jawbone. These dentures can either be removable or fixed, depending on the preferences and needs of the patient.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are medical-grade titanium posts that replace the roots of missing teeth once surgically-inserted into the jawbone. Because of their ability to fuse naturally with living tissue and bone, implants are unlike any other tooth-replacement option available.
A single implant consists of three parts: a post that is placed in the jaw, an attachment piece called the abutment, and the restoration that is affixed to the abutment.
Why Restore Missing Teeth with Dental Implants?
When a tooth is lost, so are its roots. Without constant and proper stimulation provided from tooth roots, the jawbone will begin to weaken in a process called resorption. Jawbone recession will eventually cause neighboring, healthy teeth to shift and become loose.
Not only can this result in additional tooth loss, but it also contributes to facial structures to weaken and sag, resulting in a prematurely-aged appearance.
When you opt to replace missing teeth with dental implants, you can enjoy the following benefits:
- Improved comfort while smiling and speaking
- Enhanced ability to chew and digest properly
- Keep neighboring teeth in place
- Preserved jawbone density
- Protected jawbone structure
- Restored oral health and overall well-being
What Does the Dental Implant Process Involve?
Dental implant treatment is a multi-step process, consisting of detailed planning, thorough discussions, and intricate procedures. Continue reading to find out what you can expect during the implant process at our office.
Your Initial Implant Consultation
During your consultation, you’ll meet with Dr. Edmondson and our in-house periodontist for a detailed discussion about your needs, concerns, and goals for implant treatment. Once we gain a full understanding of what you’re wishing to accomplish, our dentist then examines your smile thoroughly to qualify dental implant treatment as a viable option for your needs.
This oral health evaluation is crucial so that our team can check the state of your surrounding teeth, gums, and jawbone. We need to make sure your smile is free of any decay, infections, or other serious underlying issues to ensure successful treatment.
This appointment will also consist of x-rays being taken of your smile and a full evaluation of your medical history.
Outlining Your Treatment Plan
After your examination, our dentist will explain the different restoration options that include dental implants. Once a dental implant treatment has been determined for you, we’ll go over the treatment process, including these five essential factors:
- How many implants are needed
- Where and how the implants are placed
- How long the treatment will take
- Local anesthesia and sedation dentistry options
- The recovery period and aftercare instructions
Do not be afraid to ask questions. Our team encourages you to be completely open and honest about any concerns you may have. We want you to be informed and feel confident about your decision.
Your Implant Placement Procedure
Once prerequisite treatments such as bone grafts or gum disease treatment are complete, our skilled periodontist surgically places the implant(s) into the jawbone using advanced technology and precision for accurate placement. The placement procedure can take anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours depending on how many implants are being placed.
Some swelling and tenderness is common after the surgery, so pain medication is often prescribed. We also recommend a diet of soft, cold foods and warm soup during the healing process.
Healing and Waiting for Osseointegration
Next comes osseointegration. What makes an implant so strong is that the bone grows around the post, holding it securely in place. Osseointegration means “combines with the bone” and takes several months to complete.
During and after osseointegration, the surgical area is healing. The length of healing time varies from person to person, depending their situation. After the initial healing phase, our periodontist places an abutment onto the implant during a brief follow-up visit. The abutment will be used to secure the restoration to the implant post.
Affixing Your New, Permanent Restoration
Finally, it’s time for the placement of the artificial tooth/teeth. For a single tooth replacement, we recommend a dental crown. The crown is fully customized on size, shape, color, and fit that blends seamlessly with your other teeth.
Implant-supported bridges and dentures are made to fit your smile for multiple tooth or full arch replacement. Once completed, the artificial teeth are attached to the implant posts.
Caring for Your New, Restored Smile
Caring for dental implants and your restoration continues long after our teams places them. However, you may be surprised to discover that once healing is complete, you can care for your new smile as you would a natural one!
When practicing good oral hygiene for your smile, be sure to:
- Brush twice daily, morning, and night.
- Flossing once a day, or after eating.
- Rinse thoroughly with an antiseptic mouthwash. We recommend starting this at least two weeks after implant placement.
- Use a toothpaste that promotes strong enamel and gum health.
- Never skip out on your bi-annual dental checkups, examinations, or cleanings.
It may take a bit for you to see the final results from dental implant surgery, but the time and patience are worth it. When properly cared for, you can look forward to decades of healthy teeth and a confident smile.
Ready to Restore Your Smile to Its Optimal Potential? Contact Us!
As one of your most prominent features, our team is dedicated to rejuvenating the health, function, and overall well-being of your smile. Dr. Christopher Edmondson proudly offers comprehensive treatment with dental implants and quality restorations at our Denton office. Call us today for your consultation!
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