What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a tooth-root replacement. It is placed in the gum and bone and replaces the portion of the tooth that was formerly your root. A single implant replaces a single tooth. Multiple dental implants are placed to replace multiple teeth. Multiple implants can be used to help anchor multiple single crowns, fixed bridges, partial dentures, or complete dentures.
Did you know that the very act of placing dental implants into the bone (especially shortly after a tooth is extracted), actually helps preserve your natural bone and slows down the rate of bone loss?
The team at Alamo Ranch Dental can perform both the surgical placement and restoration of most dental implants. In cases of advanced bone loss or grafting, our team will coordinate with an excellent specialist nearby. Our goal is to give you the best outcome of care.
Implant Crowns & Bridges
Dental implant crowns or bridges are cemented or screwed onto the implant. In some cases, there may be an abutment underneath the crown to the implant. Implant crowns have the advantage of replacing only the tooth or teeth that are missing without removing good natural tooth structure from adjacent teeth. An implant-supported bridge replaces several teeth in a row and uses the implants (instead of natural teeth) as support.
Implant Partial & Implant-Supported Dentures
A partial denture uses natural teeth to help support it. An implant can give additional support in areas where a tooth is missing and may in some cases eliminate the wire clasps.
Loose-fitting dentures feel significantly better on implants rather than soft tissue and bone. Implants can be used either to help anchor traditional complete dentures into place and still be removable by the patient for cleaning, or a denture can be screwed to the implants for maximum chewing and esthetics and is not removed by the patient.