Dental Implant Restoration. Tooth Replacement Solutions for Corpus Christi, Beaumont, and Port Arthur
If you’ve ever had a tooth replaced, you likely received a fixed bridge or other restoration that only restored the part of your tooth visible above the gum line. For decades, these tooth replacement solutions have been all that was available, but in recent years, dental implant supported tooth replacement prosthetics have started to gain in popularity because they restore both the supportive root structures and the crowns of teeth. If you’re in need of tooth replacement don’t wait. Call La Costa Dental to schedule an appointment in one of our five south Texas dental offices. We have three dentistry practices in Corpus Christi on Ayers Street, Kostoryz Road, and Leopard Street. We also have practices in Beaumont and Port Arthur.
Affordable Dental Implants in Corpus Christi, Port Arthur and Beaumont, Texas
Dental implants are small posts that look like screws before they’re placed below the gum line. After they are surgically, positioned, these implant posts fuse with the gums and supportive, alveolar bone tissue, mimicking natural tooth roots. In most cases, we recommend a titanium implant post as these materials are time tested, improving chances for successful implantation. However, implants are available in a wide range of materials, including zirconia, which is a great option for patients who have metal allergies or sensitivities. Dental implants provide advanced stability firmly anchoring replacement teeth and stimulating your smile to retain bone density and soft tissue volume.
Implants are placed over the course of two treatment phases. During the first phase, we will need to surgical position the implants below the gum line. This treatment is minimally invasive, and most patients can complete it with topical anesthetic and mild sedatives. To place the implant post, we simply make a small incision in the soft tissue. Then, we insert the implant post into the jawbone. A protective cap is put in place. This cap allows the implant to fuse with the gums and bone tissue, but it holds the position of the gums, allowing the dentist access to attach the replacement tooth to the implant post. In some cases, we’ll offer you a temporary replacement prosthetic, especially if you have advanced tooth loss. After three to six months, your implant post will be fully fused with the supportive structures, and you can return to our office for the placement of your replacement teeth.
Dental Implant Restorations
When you return to our office for the tooth replacement part of treatment, we will likely recommend one of the following prosthetics:
- Dental crowns – to replace one tooth, a single dental crown is attached to one implant post. For two consecutive teeth, we may be able to fuse two crowns together and anchor them to the same implant.
- Fixed bridges – in most cases two to five consecutive teeth can be replaced with a fixed bridge restoration. These bridges are supported at both ends by a dental implant post, and for larger bridges, we may place an implant in the middle.
- Partials – a partial denture fills the gaps left in your smile by numerous consecutive and non consecutive missing teeth. They use a gum colored base material to support the teeth. This base is typically attached to between two and four implant posts to create natural stability.
- Full dentures – a full denture uses a base material similar to that used for partials to support an entire row of replacement teeth. We can usually support your full denture with four to six implant posts.
Benefits of Dental Implant Supported Tooth Replacement
If you do decide to move forward with dental implant supported tooth replacement, you can expect to experience the following benefits:
- Stability – dental implants provide increased stability for replacement teeth, allowing patients to eat a wider range of foods and avoid slipping or shifting while speaking and smiling.
- Longevity – dental implant supported tooth replacements last two or more decades with proper care compared with other replacement options that typically need to be restored within ten years.
- Functionality – implants mimic healthy root structure, so your smile will look, feel, and function more like natural, healthy smiles.