Replace Missing Teeth- Natural Look and Feel
Dental implants are a reliable way to replace missing teeth. Over the past 10-15 years implants have become an increasingly popular method to replace missing teeth and are going no where fast for good reason! Dental implants restore both function and esthetics while feeling and flossing like your natural teeth. Implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth, the options truly are endless.
What exactly is a dental implant? A dental implant is most commonly made of a specially coated titanium "screw" that is threaded on both the inside and the outside. The implant body is surgically placed into the bone at the site of the missing tooth. The outside of the implant integrates with the bone to create a firm foundation. The implant is then restored according to your unique treatment plan.
Dr. Hopkinson and Dr. Sullivan will evaluate your treatment needs during your comprehensive exam and present all treatment plan options to you. If you are missing any teeth, implants will likely be part of that conversation. Implants may be recommended to replace a single missing tooth, to serve as abutments for a fixed bridge, or to serve as attachments for an over-denture. When determining how and where an implant is to be placed, it is important to have the end goal in mind. How the implant will ultimately be used will guide its surgical placement.
So what does getting a single dental implant to replace my missing tooth entail? After determining that an implant would be an excellent restorative solution for you, we will refer you out to one of our esteemed specialists for the surgical placement of the implant. We work hand-in-hand with our specialists with constant communication to ensure a restorative outcome that is both functional and highly esthetic. Our specialists will do an evaluation of your bone amount and quality to determine if a bone graft will be required for implant placement. The surgical date will then be set for placement of the implant body. Our surgeon will place your implant and refer you back to Hamilton Town Dentistry for the permanent restoration. Sometimes implants can be restored right away, but often times the bone is allowed to integrate to the dental implant for ~3 months. We will then see you back in our office for the final impression. The impression will be sent out to the lab for fabrication of the abutment and crown. The abutment and crown can be fabricated as an all-in-one screw retained unit or two separate pieces. Our dentists will select what is best for your particular situation. The abutment and crown are then sent back from the lab to be torqued into place/cemented.
If you have any questions about dental implants, please feel free to give us a call. Dr. Greg Hopkinson or Dr. Matthew Sullivan would be happy to sit down with you to discuss your options. Our team is here to serve you!