Dental Implants Gallup NM

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root.  After being positioned in your jaw, it serves to secure a replacement tooth or bridge.  Dental Implants Gallup NM provide a long-term solution and give results that are natural-looking, practical, and comfortable.

At Dental Innovations, we believe each person deserves an amazing smile.  Thanks to the excellent advances made in esthetic dentistry, a new, elegant smile can become a reality.  Call today for an assessment.

3-Unit Bridge – The Traditional Option

When only one tooth is missing, bridges are usually the option best suited to provide the replacement.  They are meticulously constructed to most closely resemble your teeth’s normal color.  The concept of a dental bridge is similar to a roadway bridge.  With dental bridges, the teeth on either side of a missing tooth are used to give support for the replacement tooth being used to fill the gap where the original tooth is missing.

While the concept of a bridge is to help with chewing and to help with a more pleasant outcome, it is important to remember that the bone existing beneath the replacement tooth is incapable of being stimulated via chewing.  The bone is usually reabsorbed into the body, resulting in a gradually growing gap between the gums and the new tooth.The idea of the bridge is to improve chewing ability and provide a more beautiful outcome. However, the bone that exists below the replacement tooth can no longer be stimulated by chewing and will usually be reabsorbed into the body. The result is a slowly growing gap between the new tooth and the gums.

Drawbacks

  • Healthy adjoining teeth will be grinded down
  • Possibility of heightened risk to the prepared teeth
  • Over time, reabsorption of bone will diminish esthetics
  • 5- to 7-year life span
  • Metal may be used

Single Tooth Implant – A Technologically Advanced Solution

Thankfully, technological advancements have discovered a superior method for safeguarding adjacent teeth; dental implants.  In short, implants are minute titanium screws that supplant the natural tooth root.  They work to encourage the bone to attach to the implant during the healing process, which in turn stimulates the underlying bone.

Another advantage provided by implants is that the adjoining teeth do not need to be modified.

Drawbacks

  • Costlier than using a bridge

Single Tooth Replacement with Dental Implants

The procedure of replacing one lost tooth using an implant is cost-feasible and natural-looking.  Additionally, no crowning of adjacent teeth is necessary.  If the bone has adequate density, temporary crowns can be placed.

Partially Edentulous Cemented Bridge on Implants

In situations where a single tooth or multiple teeth are gone (edentulous), a post is placed and obtains a cemented bridge.  This procedure provides a way to replace missing teeth without needing to place crowns on adjacent teeth.  The level of bone density will determine whether a temporary bridge can be placed.

Lower Overdenture Retained by 2-4 implants

When all teeth in the lower jaw are missing, two to four implants can grant retention by using either ball or Locator TM attachments.  Stability and denture retention are administered by the implants.  If further implants be added at a future date, the restoration can be enhanced.

Full Arch Bar Overdenture on 4-6 implants

In instances where jaws are totally edentulous, a 4-implant minimum in either the upper or lower jaw will provide support and denture retention.  This is done with the use of balls, clips, and other retentive methods.  By splinting four to six implants placed in the front of the jaw, the bar can give an entirely implant-supported removable restoration by moving behind the implants.

Full Arch Screw-in Restoration on 4-8 implants

For jaws that are entirely edentulous, a screw-retained fixed bridge can be supported by a minimum of 4 implants.  Bone grafting may be needed in the upper jaw in an effort to raise the floor of the maxillary sinus.

Full Arch Cemented Restoration on 4-8 implants

In completely edentulous jaws, a minimum of four implants in the lower jaw and six implants in the upper jaw can administer the necessary reinforcement for a cemented fixed bridge.  Bone grafting may be needed in the upper jaw in an effort to raise the floor of the maxillary sinus.