As prosthodontists, we here at Olympia Prosthodontics & Cosmetic Dentistry, are happy to offer implant-supported prostheses. We believe that dental implants are the ideal solution when it comes to tooth loss.
If you are missing a single tooth, an implant-supported crown may be the best solution. An implant-supported crown usually consists of three components: the implant post, and abutment (support structure), and the restoration. We may recommend an implant-supported crown in place of more traditional options, such as a conventional bridge or partial denture.
If you are missing multiple teeth, multiple implants can be used to support a larger restoration, such as a partial or complete fixed bridge. The type of restoration you receive depends on the number of missing teeth and their location. A multiple teeth restoration will improve your ability to properly chew and speak, as well as the aesthetics of your smile.
Sometimes a tooth has to be removed, and if that is the case, it means either the damage was so significant that the only way to protect the surrounding teeth and jaw is to remove it, or there is no hope to save it and should be replaced. Here at Olympia Prosthodontics & Cosmetic Dentistry, we would rather you have preventative information rather than ever have to suffer tooth loss.
A partial fixed bridge is an excellent alternative to a traditional bridge or a partial denture. The bridge consists of a series of pontics, or false teeth, that are supported by dental implants. Typically, we place an implant for each missing tooth. If this is not possible, we may suspend a pontic between two implant posts.
A complete fixed bridge is used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. Before your surgery, we may need to extract any remaining, problematic teeth. Most complete fixed bridges require a minimum of six to eight implants per arch.
An overdenture is another full-arch restoration that can be supported by dental implants. An overdenture consists of prosthetic teeth that are set in an acrylic, flesh-colored base that rests on the gums. An implant-supported overdenture is a great alternative to traditional dentures or even implant-retained dentures.
All-on-4 is a revolutionary new treatment concept developed by Nobel Biocare, the industry leader in implant solutions. All-on-4 is a complete fixed bridge that, as the name suggests, only requires four implants per arch, instead of six to eight. To accomplish this, the posterior (back) implants are placed at an angle to maximize the support from your jawbone. All-on-4, due to a reduced number of implants, can make the healing process faster and more comfortable.
An implant restoration is any restoration supported by dental implants. Thanks to technological advancements, implants can now be used to support a dental crown, a fixed partial bridge, and full-arch appliances.
Through advancements in technology that allow us the use of modern equipment to perform enhanced procedures, we here at Olympia Prosthodontics & Cosmetic Dentistry can set you up with a set of prosthetics that look as real as your natural teeth but never have to be removed.
Some patients have oral health problems throughout their mouths that require multiple treatments and procedures. If your smile needs a complete overhaul, you may qualify for a full mouth reconstruction, where the procedures you need are dictated by the number of missing or damaged teeth, and the severity of the issues.
For those who may be missing one, some, or all of their teeth, it may be good to know that rather than having to deal with the responsibility of dentures or bridges for the rest of your life, there is an option available that can be as effective as your natural teeth.
Because of advancements in modern technology and digital enhancements, we can go above and beyond when it comes to the restoration of your mouth. Even with the authentic look of modern prosthetics, nothing can ever replace a natural tooth. However, Olympia Prosthodontics & Cosmetic Dentistry knows it can get pretty close, and through the use of dental implants, you can have a smile that looks and functions as well as the real thing.
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