July 19, 2017
Just like there’s (thankfully) more than one flavor of ice cream, there are several options when it comes to your dental implants in Coral Gables. Traditional dental implants are the best option for most smiles, but some people can also benefit from All-on-4 dental implants, or Teeth In a Day. A hybrid denture also combines the strength of dental implants with the security of a denture. Dr. Jose A Bushdid and his team perform all options in dental implants at Bushdid Smiles — keep reading to learn more about each!
Dental Implants: A Brief Overview
Because they give you back your missing tooth’s root as well as the crown, or the part that you see, dental implants provide a truly comprehensive solution to tooth loss. Dental implants mimic the structure of the natural tooth to completely restore your ability to eat, speak, and smile with ease after the loss of one or more teeth. Unlike other options in tooth replacement, dental implants can be expected to last for a lifetime without replacement. Many patients are good candidates for implant dentistry.
Types of Dental Implants at Bushdid Smiles
Single Dental Implants
A traditional dental implant is made of three parts:
- Implant: The portion that takes the place of your tooth’s root. It is usually made of titanium and surgically implanted directly beneath the gum line.
- Crown: The prosthetic tooth.
- Abutment: The piece that connects the prosthetic tooth with the dental implant.
Traditional dental implants are completed in two major phases: implantation and restoration. A waiting period of four to eight months is necessary between each phase. Osseointegration, or the fusion of the dental implant with the jawbone, takes place in the time between. Once osseointegration is complete, the dental implant is sturdy and the connecting abutment can be placed. Restoration, when the tooth is bonded on top of the abutment, is the final phase of a dental implant procedure.
Hybrid dentures blend the strength of dental implants along with the lifelike nature of dentures. Used in the upper or lower jaw, a hybrid denture snaps securely onto the dental implants and replaces missing gum tissue along with natural-looking teeth. Hybrid dentures can be either fixed or removable.
All-on-4 Dental Implants
Patients who are dealing with a loose denture or who are on the brink of losing all their teeth can benefit from All-on-4 dental implants. Using this method, your implant dentist can secure a full denture on as few as four dental implants. Each implant is longer than a traditional dental implant. Precisely angled against the jawbone, they provide maximum support for the dentures. Also known as Teeth In a Day, All-on-4 implants can be completed in a 24-hour period — a big benefit for anyone who has lost all their teeth in the upper or lower jaw.
Let’s Get Started Today!
Dr. Bushdid provides high-quality dental implant care for patients of Bushdid Smiles. If you are missing one, two, or several teeth, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your Coral Gables dentist! Request an appointment today.
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