Missing Tooth Replacement
With the revolutionary advances that have been made in restorative dentistry over the last few decades, missing teeth can now be replaced with results that are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. Dental implants can be excellent options for patients who have a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. Our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Uyen Thompson, and her dental team at Thompson Center for Dentistry offer full, comprehensive dental implant procedures that can be performed right here at our practice.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Benefits of dental implants include:
- Speaking and chewing with comfort and confidence
- The results are designed to be permanent
- Tooth stability – implants will not move or slip along the gums
- Easy to maintain through normal brushing and flossing
- They are designed to look, act, and feel like natural teeth
Dental implants can be performed as a stand-alone procedure or be part of a full-mouth rehabilitation from our experienced dentists.
Am I a Candidate?
Our experienced dentist will thoroughly evaluate your oral structures during the initial consultation and determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants. If that is not the case, we can talk with you about advanced alternatives (such as implant-supported dentures or traditional dentures) at our practice that can help you address your concerns.
Surgically Guided Implants – 3D Cone Beam Technology
The planning stages of dental implant procedures are important components of the treatment. That’s why we utilize 3D CT scanning and planning technology to create an intricate surgical guide for the placement of dental implants. This system allows our dentist to obtain a 360-degree view of your entire mouth, including the teeth, gums, and jaw area. Once the comprehensive scan of your oral structures has been produced, we use 3-Dimensional implant planning software to create a detailed plan that pinpoints the precise angle and location the implant should be placed. With this guide, our dentist can take the “guesswork” out of the process and plan the placement of the implant with a greater degree of accuracy.
Dental Implant Placement
After the x-ray images have been taken and the surgical guide has been created, our dentist will place the dental implant in the area of the missing tooth. The implant itself is a durable titanium post that will be inserted inside the gum and anchored to the jawbone. Over the next few months, the implant should fuse to the bone. A temporary crown can be affixed to the post during this period. Once the fusion process is complete, our dentist will have a custom-designed dental crown ready to place on top of it. The crown will be secured to the post with a strong cement, and it will be color-tinted and polished so that it provides a virtually seamless blend with surrounding teeth. The results should look and feel so natural that it may be a challenge to tell the artificial tooth apart from your natural teeth!
If you are considering your options to replace missing teeth, we encourage you to contact Thompson Center for Dentistry. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have or assist you with scheduling a consultation at our practice.