Dental Implant Restoration Austin TX
Dental implant restoration has always been a complex challenge in dentistry. To consider the facial structure, aesthetic demands, proper function of the implant restoration, use of biocompatible materials, and placement of implants in the correct position is a precise technique handled by a dental professional team.
Dental implant restoration is a procedure that involves the replacement of missing teeth. There are a variety of implant restoration procedures that offer practical solutions for tooth replacement. Our dental professionals, Dr. Emily Ianno Zaramella and Dr. Jim Tyree, will determine if you are a candidate for dental implants and can offer excellent advice and information about dental implants restoration according to your oral health and comfort levels.
What is Dental Implant Restoration?
Dental implant technology has already paved the way for a solid foundation for implant restorations. Typically, when we refer to implant restoration, we consider the dental implant itself, the metal connector known as the abutment, and the restoration attached to the dental implant fixture via the abutment.
Dental implant restoration is gaining popularity as a durable alternative to traditional dentures. Many people choose to undergo this restoration procedure due to the advantage of restoring teeth and facial structure to their natural state.
The dental implant restoration procedure involves creating an artificial tooth that will replace the missing tooth. The prosthetic tooth is attached to the dental implant in the jawbone via an abutment.
The dental implant fixtures are available in various sizes and widths chosen according to the structure and integrity of the missing tooth. The implant fixtures are made of titanium, a biocompatible material that integrates with the jawbone.
Dental implant surgery involves making an incision into the gums, allowing the oral surgeon access to the jawbone. Then small holes are drilled into the bone at precise angles for implant placement.
The surgeon will insert the dental implant fixtures into the jawbone and allow the bone to heal for a few months. This process of fusion, also known as osseointegration, is the main step that ensures the stability and retention of the dental implant.
The implant abutment is the next component of the dental implant restoration process, which are metal links that connect the restoration to the implant fixture. Just like the neighboring teeth are prepared for prosthetic tooth attachment in the case of dental bridges, the abutment provides a retention area for implant restoration.
The prosthesis is either permanently cemented onto the abutment or screw-retained, which allows easy removal.
The oral surgeon removes the healing cap of the dental implant and attaches the abutment, allowing the gums to heal for a couple more weeks.
The crowning stage is the final step in the implant restoration process. The dentist will take the patient’s teeth impression and then craft a porcelain crown attached to the abutment.
The restorations can either be a part of the abutment or attached to the implant fixtures by the abutment screws.
While the dental impressions are sent to the lab for the implant crown, the dentist might attach a temporary prosthesis to the missing teeth gap.
When the crown is finished and ready for fitting, the dentist will attach it to the abutment, thus completing the procedure.
This entire process can take about six to nine months, from implant fixture insertion to crown fitting.
Restoring a missing tooth with dental implant restoration comes with many benefits.
The dental implants restore missing teeth roots and thus prevent the bone and gums from deteriorating due to a lack of stimulation. The prosthetic tooth attached via dental implants functions like natural teeth, and the dental crown restoration resembles natural teeth.
Cleaning a dental implant restoration is far easier than cleaning around dental bridges and dentures. The implants are cleaned by regular brushing and flossing and support adjacent teeth so that their alignment is preserved and they do not move out of place.
Dental implants prevent the breakdown of jawbone tissues over time and don’t lead to a collapsed smile in the future, a common phenomenon in people who wear dentures.
Types of Dental Implant Crowns
Dental implant restoration crowns are made from a variety of materials. The material of the dental crown depends upon the preference of the patient. Some prefer a natural-looking porcelain or ceramic crown, while others opt for the most durable material for their dental crowns which is gold.
Apart from the material of the crown, its attachment to the abutment also differs the dental crowns from one another. Two types of dental implant crowns are most commonly used after the dental implant procedure is complete. These are screw-retained crowns and cement-retained crowns.
Different Types of Implant Restorations
A person can opt for three different types of implant restorations after getting a dental implant fixture.
Single Implant Restoration
A single dental implant restoration is used to restore one missing tooth. The restored tooth looks and feels like natural teeth, and cleaning it with regular brushing and flossing is easier.
Dental Implant Bridge
Dental implant bridges are excellent restoration options for those who are missing two or more teeth. Two implants are placed in the jaw at the two ends of the missing teeth gap, creating a bridge and holding the middle teeth between them.
Instead of a single implant restoration for every missing tooth, a dental bridge holds the middle teeth without needing additional dental implants. This restoration process prevents the need to grind or damage neighboring teeth, which is done in traditional dental bridges.
Partial or Complete Implant Dentures
For people dealing with partial or complete tooth loss, an implant denture offers an excellent restoration procedure for a full dental arch. Four or eight implants are placed into the jawbone, which securely holds the dentures.
The patient feels more confident eating and speaking as there are no chances of slipping or sliding of dental implant dentures compared to traditional dentures.
Choose Your Dental Implant Restoration
Emily Ianno Zaramella, DDS encourages our patients to understand implant restoration processes and options so that they can decide which restoration treatment will be the most effective and practical solution for their missing teeth. Call us at 737-273-3303 if you would like to schedule an appointment with our dental professionals.
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