Dental implants are the best method for replacing missing teeth to improve your health, function, and appearance. Besides preventing jawbone deterioration, they prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of place, secure restorations, and provide a natural-looking appearance. Dental implants can also replace one tooth, several teeth, or all of the teeth in your mouth.
This is because dental implants can be used to hold all kinds of restorations in place. A dental crown, bridge, or denture can be attached to dental implants by Dr Cortes at Dental Implants San Diego. The following guide provides dental implant restoration options to our California patients.
A dental crown is used to replace a missing tooth in dental implants
Whether you are missing a single tooth due to genetics, an accident, or an oral health problem, we can pair a dental implant with a dental crown to restore your oral health. The dental implant will then be placed into the socket left by the missing tooth with the help of Dr Cortes.
During treatment, he will need to make space for the implant if you have treatment many years after losing the tooth. The healing process for your implant will take between three and six months after it is placed. During this period of time, commonly referred to as the osseointegration period, the surrounding bone and gingival tissues will form around the implant, securing it firmly.
If needed, temporary restorations may be used during the osseointegration period. When the healing phase is complete, Dr Cortes will place a custom-made crown in size, shape, and colour consonant with your surrounding teeth, filling in the gap in your smile and creating a more natural appearance.
Dental implants, bridges and partial dentures can replace several missing teeth.
A dental bridge is the best restoration option if you miss two or more teeth in a row. A bridge consists of two or more prosthetic teeth fused together to replace a span of missing teeth. Unlike a dental crown, a bridge does not require a 1:1 dental implant ratio. We can typically use fewer implants than there are replacement teeth to hold your bridge in place.
There is also the possibility of using a partial denture to replace several missing teeth simultaneously. A custom denture will be crafted for you to fill in any empty spaces left in your upper or lower arch due to missing teeth. For the partial denture to remain in place, we will strategically place dental implants in the appropriate locations.
An upper or lower denture that replaces all of your teeth
A full denture is the best option for those who are missing all of their teeth within their upper arch, their lower arch, or both. The All-on-4® technique can be used to replace your teeth in this situation by Dr Cortes of teeth implants san Diego. With this technique, four dental implants are placed in the arch to replace your missing teeth. An immediate denture is then attached to the implants, restoring your smile to its original state.
Additionally, mini dental implants can support full dentures in patients with insufficient jawbone density to support traditional dental implants. Furthermore, patients with a limited budget can choose a more affordable treatment option with this treatment option.
No matter what kind of denture you choose, we will make sure that it appears natural and complements the surrounding features in your mouth to improve the overall appearance of your mouth.
San Diego Smile Center offers consultations to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implant-supported restorations and to help you determine whether you will benefit from such restorations.