Dentures to Implant Bridge
The dentures-to-implant bridge is a relatively new dental treatment option that may be suitable for patients with fairly severe dentures and implant-supported crowns. The dentures-to-implant bridge procedure involves removing the original prosthetic devices and placing them on a temporary, removable bridge over the top of all remaining teeth to allow time for bone mineralization and bone grafting procedures.
At Smiles of Tulsa, we specialize in dentures to implant bridges. We utilize the most advanced techniques and materials to ensure that your smile is restored to its original beauty.
Dental Implant Materials
Titanium is the most widely used dental implant material. It is a silvery gray metal that is strong and corrosion-resistant with excellent biocompatibility. Amalgam is a composite material made with mercury and tin. It's also known as silver amalgam or silver-mercury alloy. It can be used in place of silver fillings to restore teeth damaged by cavities or decay.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are the most successful, long-lasting alternative to traditional dental bridges and dentures. They offer a solution for patients who have lost one or more teeth or have had their teeth extracted due to diseases such as cancer, infection, trauma, or congenital conditions.
A dental implant procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia and can take up to two hours to complete. In addition to removing the old tooth, the dentist will make a small incision in your gum tissue above the implant site.
This incision will allow the implant to be inserted carefully into its new home without hassle. Once complete, our dentist will close up your gums with stitches and then apply a temporary crown over the top portion of your replacement tooth until it is completely healed.
Following this procedure, you'll need appointments with our dentist regularly for checkups and cleaning, as well as to monitor the healing of your implant and offer any necessary care if needed.
Benefits of Dental Implants
The benefits of dental implants are numerous.
Dental implants can last a lifetime and are often less expensive than dental crowns and bridges. Crowns are usually made of gold or porcelain; bridges are often made of metal and acrylic. Dental implants are virtually indestructible and will not easily wear or fall out like other types of fillings.
Provide a Stronger Jawbone
A dental implant strengthens your jawbone because it holds multiple teeth. This helps prevent bone loss and tooth decay, leading to gum disease, tooth loss, and more expensive treatments later in life.
Improved Functionality for Chewing
Dental implants provide stability for chewing and speaking, making you less likely to grind your teeth. It also improves the overall functionality of your mouth.
Improved Appearance and Self-Esteem
Dental implants can help repair bone loss and restore a more youthful appearance. They also improve self-esteem by removing the need for metal plates and screws in your mouth.
Improved Treatment Options
Dental implants offer safer treatment options for those at risk of tooth loss due to aging or other medical issues. Dental implants are often used with crowns or other restorative treatments to create a long-lasting restoration that looks great and feels natural in every way possible.
Improves Oral Health
Dental implants provide better oral health overall, especially if dentures are needed in addition to implants. Dental implants may be the better option if you have dentures or if you're considering wearing them because they last longer than traditional crowns or bridges.
Call Us Today!
At Smiles of Tulsa, we offer a wide range of services to ensure you have the best outcome after your procedure. For example, we will be on hand to check you have enough bone density before performing a tooth replacement procedure. We will also make sure and refine the integrity of your gums during this process and ensure they are strong enough to withstand any foreign objects. Call us today at (918) 891-3059.