Implants for Tooth Replacement:
Implants replace missing teeth by surgically implanting a biocompatible screw into the jaw. We are delighted to have zirconia as an exciting option for patients concerned about biocompatibility when considering implant materials. The implant is allowed time to heal prior to placing a crown—the tooth—onto the implant. Just like a crown on a tooth, these are made of biocompatible zirconia, a ceramic. These implants function just like natural teeth and do not rely on any adjacent teeth, meaning they can easily be flossed and maintained.
How long does it take an implant to heal?
The timeline for implant therapy from start to finish is approximately 3-12 months. Usually patients see results in 4-6 months. We rely on our oral surgeon’s expertise to provide guidance for the appropriate time to place the crown.
How do I take care of my implant?
Just like a normal tooth! Brushing and flossing are still very important in maintaining gum health in the area of the implant. Regularly scheduled dental visits are vital for professional evaluation.
Bridges for Tooth Replacement:
Bridges are a non-removable solution to replace missing teeth. They utilize adjacent teeth to support the replacement tooth via crowns. Bridges are most often three “units” to replace a single missing tooth.
Why choose a bridge over an implant?
Bridges are a good option if the teeth adjacent to the space require treatment—this can be a solution that addresses cavities and missing teeth at once.
Another benefit to choosing a bridge is length of treatment—bridges can be completed in as little as 2-3 weeks and without a visit to a specialist. Implants require a longer time investment.
How do I take care of my bridge?
Diligent brushing and flossing are crucial in maintaining a bridge. The space below the “pontic” and the gum tissue must be cleaned daily with the help of floss threaders. A water flosser may also be used to supplement your normal hygiene routine.
Metal-Free Partials for Tooth Replacement:
Partials are a removable option used to replace single or multiple missing teeth. They are wonderful options for patients who are looking to replace missing teeth but do not want to have an implant or bridge.
This option requires little modification to the adjacent teeth and is a non-surgical option. Although a partial can be a long-term solution, many patients choose to have a partial made while deciding if a bridge or implant is the right investment for their dental health.
How do I care for my partial?
It is very important to remove partials daily and clean them so that your gum tissue stays healthy and pink. The best way to clean your partial is to soak it overnight in a container filled with lukewarm water and ordinary dish soap. Never place your partial in boiling water or in the dishwasher since the high temperatures can distort the resin.