Arlington Dental Implants Restoring Smiles
Dental implant supported tooth replacement makes it possible for our team to restore a lost tooth, multiple teeth or an entire arch. Dr. Gray partners with local specialists for the surgical placement of dental implant posts. These implants are placed below the gum line where they fuse with the supportive gum and bone tissue mimicking the lost root structures of teeth. Once this process is complete, patients return to our office where we’ll place their dental restoration. If you’re interested in replacing one or more teeth with dental implants, contact our team to find out more today.
Implant-Retained Crowns & Bridges
Patients missing one to four consecutive teeth will likely need a dental implant supported crown or bridge. To replace a single missing tooth, a dental crown is attached to one dental implant post. Sometimes, two consecutive teeth can also be replaced with a single implant post by fusing two crowns together and anchoring them to the implant. For three or four consecutive teeth, we’ll need to attach a series of fused dental crowns, known as a bridge, to two dental implant posts, one on each end.
When patients have more extensive tooth loss, a dental implant supported partial or full denture may be recommended. We’ll use partials to fill gaps in patients’ smiles, and full dentures to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. Like their traditional, removable counterparts, these dentures are crafted by molding a gum-colored base that fits between remaining teeth or against the gum line and supports replacement teeth. Rather than being anchored by clasps connected to surrounding teeth or suction between the denture and gums, these prosthetics are attached to between four and six implant posts.
All-on-4 / Teeth-in-a-Day Cases
Patients interested in an implant-retained denture who may not have adequate jawbone density to support a traditional implant denture may still be candidates for All-on-4 dentures. These dentures are supported on just four implant posts. All-on-4 utilizes the denser part of the jawbone at the front of the mouth to provide support for all four implants rather than spreading them over the length of the jaw. Two of the implant posts are positioned vertically, and the other two posts are inserted diagonally from the back of the mouth to the front. This provides support for the whole denture.