Dental Implant Supported Tooth Replacement
Replacing missing teeth is essential to restoring a patient’s ability to chew, speak clearly, and smile confidently. However, most tooth replacement options only restore the visible portion of a tooth. Without restoring the essential root structure, patients may still be at risk for some of the most detrimental effects of tooth loss. Dental implants are titanium posts that can replicate this missing root structure, providing the necessary support for dental prosthetics. If you’re interested in finding out more about dental implant-supported tooth replacement options in Anaheim Hills, CA, contact Hillsview Dental Care to schedule a free implant consultation, including free panoramic diagnostic x-rays. We also have regular informational seminars about dental implants and welcome interested patients to attend.
With nearly two decades of experience regarding dental implant procedures, materials, and technologies, our team offers a variety of implant-retained tooth replacement options. We are dedicated to ensuring patients get the restoration that fits their unique smiles in a comfortable, convenient way. Our team of dentistry experts offers all of this and more for patients interested in dental implants in Anaheim Hills and beyond. Dr. Mohtashami is a graduate of the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, where he learned the advanced techniques for placing and artistically reconstructing dental implant-supported restorations, and his skilled hand gives patients the care they need to smile once again.
Dental Implant Placement
Dental implants are a superior solution for replacing missing teeth as they are the only option that replaces the entire tooth root and biting surface. Additionally, they’re the most versatile option because they can easily support a single replacement tooth or a full arch of teeth. The titanium implant posts fuse directly to the jawbone for optimal support and a natural look and feel. Roots have two main functions – to anchor teeth to the jawbone and to stimulate bone and gum tissue density. The body is an efficient system, and when any part isn’t being used, nutrients begin to be redirected to other places. When teeth are missing, the root structure does not stimulate the jawbone, leading to the resorption of bone tissue over time. Due to this loss of bone tissue density, patients may experience further tooth loss, shifting smile lines, or chewing and digestive concerns. As bone diminishes, gum tissue collapses, and facial shape begins to change, sagging and wrinkling. A dental implant provides new stimulation for the jawbone and support for gum tissue. When implants are placed, the supportive (alveolar) bone fuses with it. This process, also known as osseointegration, can take several months, but the result is a permanent, natural foundation for tooth replacement.
Single-Tooth and Multi-Tooth Implants
Once dental implants are positioned and the osseointegration process is completed, patients are ready to receive their replacement tooth or teeth. Patients missing a single tooth will have a custom dental crown connected to their implant. This restoration has the added benefit of allowing patients to retain more of their healthy natural dental structure unlike crown and bridge restorations. Multiple consecutive missing teeth will only need one or two implants to anchor a dental bridge that’s comprised of several crowns bonded together and placed as a unit. For patients missing numerous non-consecutive teeth, an implant-supported partial denture is the ideal option. Like their removable counterparts, implant-retained partials are composed of several prosthetic teeth that are set into a gum-colored base. The base covers abutments that attach the partial to the underlying implants. Each implant post is strategically placed to provide optimal support.
For edentulous (without teeth) patients, restoring their oral health in the past has depended solely on traditional dentures. These prosthetics are crafted from a full arch of teeth set into a gum-colored base. The moldable base connected to the gum line through natural suction or denture adhesive, but this solution only restores about a quarter of patients’ chewing ability. At Hillsview Dental Care, we offer three alternatives to traditional dentures:
Removable implant supported dentures:
- Snap-on denture: These are removable dentures that are supported with a minimal number of dental implants on the upper or lower arch. These implant-supported dentures connect with snaps similar in style to those used for buttons for shirts or pants. The slightly smaller implant posts snaps into the larger piece of metal set into the underside of the denture.
- Bar over dentures: Another removable denture option, bar over dentures are held in place with a metal bar and clasps similar to those used to hold removable partial dentures in position.
Implant secured dentures:
- Hybrid dentures: Similar in look and feel to traditional dentures, hybrid dentures use a minimal number of implants permanently connected to a traditional denture.
- Four implant dentures: We utilize the most advanced techniques in order to connect a full denture to as few as four implant posts. These posts are positioned to provide optimal support by anchoring implants into the front portion of the jaw where the bone is naturally denser.
Fixed crown and bridges with implants:
Probably the closest to a patients’ natural smile, we are able to replace an entire arch of teeth with implant-supported fixed bridges. The bridges are comprised of two to three dental crowns fused together and cemented into position over one or more implant posts.
Sedation Dentistry and Dental Implant Placement
Patients who experience dental phobia or anxiety, who have a sensitive gag reflex, or who are unable to become numb with local anesthesia alone may benefit from sedation during implant placement. We often recommend IV sedation in order to offer patients optimal levels of sedation by directly adjusting the dosage throughout treatment for maximum relaxation and comfort.