A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown.
Many options are available, and they are tailored to your specific requirements. If you need a replacement tooth while the implants are healing, temporary removable teeth or a temporary bridge can be made. If all of your teeth are missing, we can usually modify your present complete denture or make you a new temporary denture. If you would prefer non-removable teeth during the healing phase, temporary transitional implants usually can be placed along with the permanent implants, and temporary teeth may be made and inserted the same day.
A dental prophylaxis is a cleaning treatment performed to thoroughly clean the teeth. Prophylaxis is a part of a periodontal maintenance treatment, and alone, is appropriate for people who do not have gum disease. The benefits include: Prophylaxis can be performed at our office, or by your general dentist. We recommend that prophylaxis be performed twice annually for healthy patients, but should be completed every 2- 3 months for periodontitis sufferers.