Missing teeth compromise the beauty and function of your smile. Speaking and chewing likely become difficult, and the remaining teeth often shift. Your self-esteem can suffer. Dental implants, the closet prosthetic to nature, can completely revive a damaged smile.
Before treatment begins, Dr. Pate will evaluate you to make sure you have sufficient bone structure to support dental implants. Made from biocompatible titanium, dental implants are small posts that a specialist surgically positions within your jawbone to mimic tooth roots. As your mouth heals, the implants will completely integrate with the jawbone. Dr. Pate will then place prosthetic crowns on the posts, giving you a solid, fully-functioning smile. After implant therapy, you will smile with renewed grace and be able to live life to the fullest. If you’re ready to say goodbye to the gaps in your smile, please contact us today.
If you are missing a single tooth, Dr. Pate can restore it using something called an implant-retained crown. This will fit directly into the implant post via a metal connector called an abutment. The crown itself will be made entirely of dental porcelain, which is a material that can be shaped to replicate a real tooth in almost every way, including shape, size, color, and strength. With the proper maintenance, which consists of regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits, your new tooth can last for decades.
If you have a row of consecutive missing teeth, two implant crowns can be placed on either side of the gap and bonded to prosthetic teeth to close it, forming an implant-retained bridge. Compared to traditional bridges, implant-retained bridges have a stronger hold and enable a patient to have better chewing and speaking function. It is easier to clean and can be expected to last much longer.
Dental implants are so versatile that they can even be used to support a denture. We can create an entirely new denture for you, or in some cases, retrofit your current denture to fit onto implants. Implant-retained dentures offer a number of unique benefits compared to a traditional removable prosthetic: