Following the loss of one tooth or a few consecutive teeth, the Conklin & Ward Dental Group traditionally recommended dental bridge restorations. These replacement teeth are anchored to healthy surrounding teeth, using dental crowns to provide support for the restoration. While fixed bridges are an effective tooth replacement solution, they aren’t as natural looking and functioning as dental implant retained dental crowns and bridges. If you’re ready to renew your oral health following tooth loss, call to schedule a tooth replacement consultation with us in our Millersville dental office. We’ll walk you through your tooth replacement options and help you to develop a plan to flawlessly restore your smile.
If you are missing a single tooth, an implant-retained dental crown is an excellent way to replace it. It actually consists of three distinct parts: the implant itself, a custom-made all-porcelain crown, and an abutment. The abutment is similar to a small screw that is used to connect the crown to the implant, and after this is done, your crown will be virtually indistinguishable from your other teeth. We’ll perfectly color-match the restoration to your smile, and you’ll be able to rely on it whether you are speaking, eating, or just showing off your smile for the camera. You’ll even be able to maintain it just like your natural teeth using consistent brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits.
If you are missing multiple teeth in a row, we can bond additional prosthetic teeth to dental implant crowns to create a bridge. This will not only close the gap in your smile, but it will also even out your bite and prevent other teeth from gradually shifting out of place.
To replace missing teeth with a dental implant supported prosthetic, we’ll need to complete a multi-step treatment process. We’ll begin by preparing your smile. This may include removing damaged teeth, placing tissue grafts, and other treatments to improve oral health before we get started. Next, we’ll surgically place one or two dental implant posts to support the crown or bridge. Once the implants are in place, you’ll wait for three to six months as the implants fuse with your gum line. Then, we’ll place the abutment posts that anchor the replacement tooth or teeth to your dental implants and design your restoration. Once we receive the final dental crown or bridge, you’ll return to our team, so we can attach your restoration to the dental implant posts.
There are many benefits to replacing missing teeth with an implant-retained dental crown or bridge, including: