When a tooth is missing, or it can’t be restored using a filling, crown, or other treatment, more dramatic restorations may be considered to replace the tooth or teeth. Whether you need a single tooth restoration, replacements for multiple teeth, or a full-arch restoration, the doctors at Balaci Dental Group are highly trained and experienced in restorative dental treatments to treat a missing or failed tooth. You can find more information about these solutions below.
If you are missing a tooth or need to have a tooth extracted, your dentist may suggest a dental implant as your best replacement choice. A dental implant is the longest-lasting and most cost-effective restoration for missing teeth. It replaces both the tooth root and the crown, offering the appearance and function of a natural tooth. Dental implants are a versatile treatment option and can be used to restore individual teeth, support a bridge, or even an entire arch of natural-looking and fully functional new teeth.
A dental implant is a three-part tooth replacement solution:
- The dental implant post. A small titanium post is surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace your tooth’s root. The post integrates with the jaw bone over a few months of healing time and becomes a stable and permanent anchor for your new custom crown.
- The abutment. The abutment piece is a small connector that is attached to the implant. This piece connects the implant with the crown.
- The custom crown. Once the replacement root (post) is secure, your dentist can place a permanent custom-made crown or bridge attachment to replace one or more teeth. The crown or bridge attachment will offer the appearance and function of a natural tooth or teeth and will blend seamlessly with your smile.
Many patients find that they are candidates for dental implants, though certain risk factors such as pre-existing medical conditions, a history of periodontal disease or bone loss, or regular nicotine use may make a successful dental implant placement challenging. If you are interested in learning more about the procedure and finding out if you are a candidate for dental implant placement, we encourage you to contact our office in Annville, PA. We have the benefit of collaborating with a world-class oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Alexandre Balaci, to evaluate patients for treatment and safely complete the procedure for optimal aesthetic and functional results.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
A long-term solution for tooth replacement: Most traditional methods, such as tooth-supported dental bridges, offer patients a solution for missing teeth for about five to seven years. But with proper care, a dental implant can last a lifetime!
Most like healthy, natural teeth: Dental implants blend so well with your smile that you may forget that you have received a tooth restoration! They look, feel, and function exactly like natural teeth. Because dental implants are anchored into your mouth permanently, you will not have any of the worries associated with removable dentures or other non-permanent or tooth-supported replacements that can fall out or loosen during your everyday activities. Smile with confidence!
Easier speaking, eating, and maintenance: Dental implants enable you to bite into and properly chew your favorite foods without worrying. Dental implants improve patients’ ability to speak clearly and help to maintain the health of your surrounding teeth. Plus, dental implants don’t require any specific or special care; you just need to brush, floss, and care for them like the rest of your teeth.
Retain natural facial aesthetics: Since dental implants are inserted into the jaw bone, patients can avoid the common shrunken or sagging appearance that happens when teeth are missing. Dental implant patients can smile confidently and feel like they never lost a tooth to begin with.
Protects healthy teeth and bone: Dental implants keep adjacent teeth from shifting or moving in the mouth, which is a common occurrence when a tooth is missing for an extended period. And unlike temporary solutions like dentures or bridges, dental implants do not require the support of surrounding healthy teeth to carry the burden of the bridge, so there will be no alteration of neighboring teeth to cement a bridge. In addition to these benefits, dental implants stop jaw bone deterioration, which preserves the health of your natural teeth.
What is the process of receiving a dental implant?
Typically, dental implant placement involves two procedures: the placement of the dental implant(s), which need some time to heal and adhere to the jaw bone, and the placement of the prosthesis (your custom-made crown). The restoration of teeth using dental implants is a team-based treatment, relying on both the skills and training of the oral surgeon to complete the surgical portion and the craftsmanship of the restorative dentist to fabricate the final crown. The result of this collaboration is a new tooth that can last a lifetime if properly cared for. The length of time it requires for your treatment to be complete will vary based on your individual needs. If you require a bone graft procedure to increase the height and width of your jaw for a more secure implant placement or an extraction prior to your dental implant placement, this will extend the duration of your treatment.
If you are interested in dental implants, please call our practice to schedule a consultation. We will work closely with you to develop a plan for treatment that restores your oral function with a lifelike and permanent replacement tooth.
Dental crowns are essentially caps that are custom-made to permanently cover a damaged tooth. These realistic-looking restorations are created by a restorative dentist to match your existing teeth in both look and feel. Crowns are also used in dental implant restorations to replace a missing tooth when they are attached to an implant post that has been surgically inserted into your jaw bone.
Types of crowns that we offer at our practice include the following:
Porcelain dental crowns. This type of crown is a fantastic option for patients who need a long-lasting restoration for a damaged tooth. Porcelain crowns are used to cover the damaged tooth and strengthen it for continued use. While crowns can be made using gold, silver, and even steel, porcelain is a preferred material for many patients and dentists because it naturally matches the rest of the healthy teeth in the mouth. Porcelain is also an appealing option for patients with metal allergies because it is metal-free.
BruxZir® Solid Zirconia dental crowns. BruxZir restorations have impressively realistic translucency and color, and they are highly durable, providing patients with an even stronger solution. Much like porcelain crowns, BruxZir restorations are metal-free and will provide patients with restored function while maintaining lifelike aesthetics.
Dental bridges are fixed dental appliances that can replace one or more missing teeth. This type of restoration is one of the first solutions in dentistry to replace missing teeth. Bridges have evolved and improved over the years and remain one of the most popular options for the restoration of a single tooth or multiple missing teeth in a row. A bridge is just as it sounds — a restoration that bridges over the gap where a tooth or teeth are missing. Not only do bridges restore the aesthetics of the mouth, they also help to keep teeth from moving out of alignment and improve both chewing and speaking. The placement of a bridge requires a minimal amount of healing time because it is less invasive than other options that require oral surgery. Bridges can also be supported by dental implants if the existing teeth are not strong enough to hold the bridge.
Advances in dental techniques allow our dentists to provide Balaci Dental Group patients with multiple bridge options to suit their unique needs. A traditional bridge spans over the missing tooth site and relies on the strength of adjacent teeth to support it. This is a great option when the missing teeth are surrounded by other healthy teeth. When this is not the case, and the surrounding teeth are only on one side of the mouth, a cantilever bridge may be used. This bridge is supported by a dental abutment. A Maryland bridge may also be considered when there is a significant amount of space between the remaining teeth. This type of bridge is supported by a metal framework and specialized resin which is cemented directly to the enamel of the teeth.
Removable dentures are a popular option for replacing multiple missing teeth or a full arch of teeth. Not only do dentures restore the ability to chew and speak, they provide patients with a new, beautiful smile. Dentures have come a long way. They can be customized to fit a patient’s mouth with precision. When you visit our practice to restore your smile using dentures, we will create a custom set of new teeth that will blend seamlessly with your smile and allow you the freedom to eat the foods you love. With daily maintenance and routine checkups, dentures can often last five to seven years.
Dentures are also appealing to many because they are a quick and inexpensive tooth restoration. The shape of the mouth, the patient’s current dental health, and other factors will be taken into consideration when determining the best course of action. A customized denture will provide the most comfortable and natural-looking result.
Restorative Dentistry in Annville, PA
If you are seeking high-quality, custom tooth restorations, we encourage you to contact Balaci Dental Group to schedule a consultation appointment. Our doctors have years of experience delivering the best restorative options for our patient’s needs. For more information about our trusted practice and the services we offer, continue browsing this website or feel free to give us a call. One of our staff members will be happy to guide you.