Crowns, bridges, or dentures may not be your only solutions when replacing cracked or missing teeth. For many, dental implants offer a smile that not only looks great, but feels natural. Implants are surgically inserted below the gums and integrated to the jawbone, serving as a base for individual tooth implants, bridges, or dentures.
Because implants are integrated to the bone, they offer maximum stability and not only feel more secure, but feel more natural than conventional alternatives.
Candidates for dental implants require healthy gums and suitable bone to support the implants. Dr. Boscia will evaluate your tissue and bone to determine whether dental implants are the correct option for you.
If you have missing teeth, dental implants are the most realistic, natural replacements available. The implant procedure begins with a post that is surgically anchored to the jaw bone. The bone surrounding the anchor will typically take about 3 months to completely heal. Once healed, you are left with a perfectly solid and secure anchor point for an artificial tooth to be implanted. In a situation where multiple teeth are missing, dental implants can also be used as an anchor to which bridges and dentures can be mounted. The end results are incredible, as tooth implants are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth, cosmetically and functionally.
If you have poorly fitting or loose dentures, an implant denture may be the right option for you. In this procedure, 2 – 4 implants are surgically placed into the jawbone, becoming stabilized and secured as the bone heals. Once fully healed, Dr. Boscia can begin fabricating the implant denture. Implant dentures are removable dentures with attachments that clip onto a dental implant. The attachments keep the denture secured and in place while chewing and speaking. There are two types of implant dentures; implant retained dentures and implant supported dentures. Implant retained dentures are held in place by attachments but are mostly secured by the bone and gum tissue. Implant supported dentures are mostly for patients who don’t not have adequate bone and gum tissue. These dentures are mainly supported by the attachment to the dental implants.