The Basics of Implant Restoration

Posted on: December 11, 2017

RestorationA dental restoration is a false or artificial tooth that we attach to a dental implant. Benefits of the restoration include the fact that it looks and behaves like a natural tooth. A replacement tooth will require restoration appointments throughout their use. Nonetheless, dental implants can overcome many shortcomings.

Dental implants are an extremely effective method of replacing teeth for long-term results when one considers benefits, function and overall success. Unfortunately, there are few things in life that last a lifetime and dental implants are no different. Thus, it is crucial to schedule an appointment and restore a dental implant when necessary.

An ideal treatment option in a variety of situations

Dental implants can support a number of dental prostheses, including crowns, implant-supported bridges or dentures. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who lose teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.

Dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework. Dental implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support. Since there is still a chance for issues, it is important to know the restoration options.

Restoration of crowns

A restoration can involve a single tooth or several teeth, which we can attach to a single implant. We insert the implant into the jaw and allow it to fuse with the bone in the process of osseointegration. This process takes anywhere from three to six months. Once the gum heals and fusion takes place, the implant is then ready for the attachment of a metal abutment. This device acts as an anchor for the restoration. There are several types of abutments that blend in with one’s natural teeth.

The dentist will take an impression of the individual’s teeth using a mold which contains dental putty. The patient will bite into this putty so that the dentist has an imprint of the patient’s teeth. The dentist will then send the impression to a laboratory for them to produce the new restoration. The dentist will fit the patient with a temporary restoration during this time. This process is the same for both a single crown and multiple crowns.

Restoration of a bridge

The process is the same as mentioned above but with one difference. This involves the creation of several crowns which are then fixed to a bridge. A bridge consists of a false tooth known as a pontic and two or more crowns (restorations) which are attached either side of it.

This bridge fits into the space between the teeth from the tooth loss and uses the other teeth for support. The big difference between this and ordinary dentures is that a dentist cements a fixed bridge in place.

Restoration of implant retained denture

A denture is a device that one wears in the mouth to replace missing teeth. Dentures can replace a few or all of one’s teeth and consists of a plate with artificial teeth (restorations). One of the problems with dentures are the clicking noises or shifting around in the mouth. There are people who have badly fitting dentures or find that they become loose, often due to changes in their jaw as part of the aging process.

One solution is a denture that a dentist fixes in place with a dental implant. This is similar to a fixed bridge and removes the need to remove the dentures at night for soaking. Call us for more information.


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