Dental Implants

For many years, dentures and bridges were the only solution for missing teeth. With all the types of disease and infection requiring the extraction of sick teeth, many people were suddenly stuck with inconvenient and often uncomfortable dentures. Thankfully, dental implants are now available to replace missing or broken teeth.

Dental implants function and are like man made roots. These structures are anchored to the jawbone allowing other metal framework to be installed in the mouth. In some cases, implants can be used as a simple way to keep dentures in place. In other cases of a single missing tooth, they can help avoid the pitfalls of a dental bridge, in that they spare the other two teeth from having crowns. They have given many patients new hope in dentistry after other failed attempts.Not all patients are good candidates for dental implants; proper bone density and a strong immune system are required. Unlike most other dental appliances, surgery is necessary to install implants, and a number of follow up appointments may be required. And, more so than with many other dental appliances, strict oral hygiene is required to install and maintain dental implants.

Not only does a dental implant fill unsightly gaps in a smile, they are also important to deter bone loss which will occur when a tooth is lost. The titanium post fuses with the bone preventing it from dissolving. The bond between titanium and bone is unique and called osseointegration.

Fixed bridges and removable dentures are not the perfect solution to missing teeth and often bring with them a number of other problems. Fixed bridges often require the preparation of adjacent healthy teeth. Decay, periodontal (gum) disease and other factors often doom fixed bridgework to early failure. For these reasons, fixed bridges and removable dentures usually need to be replaced every seven to 15 years.
People who are currently wearing partial or full dentures can replace these with dental implants, or use implants to stabilize and secure the denture, making it much more comfortable. If you are missing a tooth, have a bridge, or wear a partial or full denture, a dental implant might be a good solution for you.
When a tooth is lost, initial consideration to implant therapy should be made. Implants are a great technological advancement. With proper planning, many times it is impossible to tell that an artificial tooth is in place. There are many factors that must be considered so working with a clinician with proper education in this special arena is important.

A single tooth implant can look life like and undetectable. They often represent an ideal way to replace your missing tooth. These restorations can allow you to speak and chew effectively. Normal function can be achieved through this technology. While this can be a lengthy process to complete, usually the end result is worth it!

Single-tooth implants can be used in people who are missing one or more teeth. An implant is surgically placed in an opening that is made by your dentist in the jawbone. After the implant integrates (attaches) to your bone, it acts as a new "root" for the crown that will be replacing your missing tooth. A crown (cap), which is made to look like a natural tooth, is attached to the implant and fills the space left in the mouth by the missing tooth. For this procedure to work, there must be enough bone in the jaw, and the bone has to be strong enough to hold and support the implant. If there is not enough bone, bone may need to be added with a procedure called bone augmentation. In addition, natural teeth and supporting tissues near where the implant will be placed must be in good health.
Years of poor oral hygiene and even normal wear and tear can cause teeth to fall out, or become damaged, or unusable. Rather than worrying about eating, communicating, and what others think causing unnecessary stress, why not replace the bad teeth? A dental implant-supported full-arch porcelain bridge is a dental bridge held in place by dental implants. Dr. Krempa and his knowledgeable staff can help you to replace your missing teeth with an implant-supported full-arch porcelain bridge. The stability and vitality of your smile can be restored again.

A dental implant supported full-arch porcelain bridge is typically used by patients who are missing all, part, or a majority of their teeth, and are formed by placing a select number of dental implants, first, into the jawbone, then placing a porcelain bridge on top of the implants. This method bridges gaps where individual dental implants cannot be safely placed which may cause uncomfortable amounts of pressure leading to implant failure. Some patients cannot have implants placed in areas of the mouth where there is significant bone loss, or in close proximity to other pre-existing implants. Your doctor will help you determine whether or not dental implants or a dental implant-supported full-arch porcelain bridge is right for you when you come in.
A hybrid dental implant restoration replaces missing teeth, gum, and bone in your mouth. Hybrids are anchored to dental implants that are placed in your jaw. It's called hybrid because it's a combination of fixed dental implants with a removable denture or fixed tooth replacement attached to them.

If you have worn full dentures for so long that you can barely function: you have problems eating, or your face has a sunken-in look, a hybrid dental implant restoration could be the solution to your problems.
When someone is missing all of their teeth on the jaw or some of their teeth, traditionally dentures have been used. Dental implants may be placed to aid in retaining the denture and provide a more stable base allowing the patient to eat, speak and socialize as if they had all of their own teeth. Additionally, those patients who would need to wear a partial denture to replace a few missing teeth may have retention issues due to the placement of the remaining natural teeth or their shape can benefit from implant retained Overdentures.

Locator overdentures refer to an overdenture that is retained by individual implants. These implants are not connected together (splinted) and they act by retaining the denture (preventing it from lifting off the gum tissue) and the gum tissue and ridge supports the denture. On each implant, an attachment is placed which engages the other half of the attachment which is embedded into the denture. When the two halves of the attachment are snapped together the denture is held securely in place.
Standard Full Dentures
Standard full dentures are ones that comprise a full set of upper and lower teeth. This type of denture uses suction to stay in place. They are made of a pliable material which makes suction easy. However, it is for this reason that standard full dentures require routine visits to the dentist. Being pliable, the dentures are susceptible to shrinkage, thus creating an ill-fitting prosthetic that will result in the atrophy of the jawbone.This level of treatment is necessary when teeth have been lost to trauma, infection, fracture, tooth decay or gum disease. While often this is a last line of treatment, it often requires advanced techniques to perform adequately. Most practitioners feel that a denture without implant or tooth support falls outside the accepted standards of care.

Partial Dentures
Partial dentures are dentures that replace only a limited number of teeth, and not an entire set. Partial dentures are a single piece fitting that is supported by the remaining teeth and gums. They are much more secure than standard full dentures, and are more comfortable. This treatment requires strong teeth to support the partial denture. Partials can be made of acrylic, composite, or metal. While this treatment can last for a long period of time, most dentists feel that a fixed form of treatment is better or more permanent.

Implant Supported Dentures
Some cosmetic dentures achieve a natural appearance through the use of implants. Implants are installed in the mouth so that the dentures have something to hold onto. The cosmetic denture will either rest on or snap onto the implant. What this does is allow the denture to stay in place without the chance of it moving around, which makes the denture more comfortable than a standard one. These prostheses are referred to as overdentures. When Dr. Krempa begins to discuss tooth replacement, an overdenture is a minimum standard of care when he treats. 
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