A dental implant is much like a natural tooth, which has a root in your jawbone, topped by a crown that you can see. Patients either must have adequate bone to support the implant, or be good candidates for surgery to build up the area needing the implant. Patients also should be committed to very thorough oral hygiene daily and regular dental visits. If you are considering implants, a full evaluation by Dr. Connell or Dr. Lewis will help determine if you would be a good candidate.
Advantages of implants:
*An implant is most similar to a natural tooth
*Adjacent teeth do not have to be involved in the placement procedure
*Implants may decrease or help prevent shrinkage of the jawbone from tooth loss
Disadvantages of implants:
*Implants are not intended for everyone
*Implant placement takes longer and may require more dental visits than alternative procedures
A fixed bridge (sometimes called a fixed partial denture) is a restoration that replaces or spans the space where one or more teeth have been lost. A fixed bridge is bonded or cemented into place and only a dentist can remove it.
Your appearance, dental health and the proper functioning of your mouth all are important reasons for wearing a fixed bridge. It helps maintain the natural shape of your face and may help support your lips and cheeks.
A removable bridge (sometimes called a removable partial denture) readily can be taken out of the mouth for cleaning. Removable bridges usually have replacement teeth attached to gum-colored plastic bases connected by metal framework. They may attach to your natural teeth with a metal clasp or devices called precision attachments. Now, flexible, tooth-colored or gum tissue-colored clasps can be used instead of metal clasps.
In some cases, due to severe tooth decay or periodontal disease, dentures may be the patient’s best option to replace missing or damaged teeth. We recommend placing implants to stabilize the denture and prevent bone loss. We do offer conventional or immediate dentures, and our staff will help a patient choose the treatment option that is most suitable for the patient’s condition.
Please contact our office at (256) 236-6021 to schedule an appointment.