Replacing missing teeth is essential to maintain overall oral health. Patients who lose a single tooth and do not replace it are more likely to experience additional tooth loss. At Smiles by Martin, our skilled dentist and team often recommend dental implant supported tooth replacement solutions. These are the only repair options that restore the entire lost dental structure both roots and crowns for optimal comfort and support. If you’re missing one or more teeth and would like to explore your tooth replacement options, contact Smiles by Martin to schedule a dental implant consultation. Our Grapevine, TX dental office is happy to treat patients form Flower Mound and other nearby communities.
For the first phase in the treatment process, the surgical implant placement, Grapevine dentist, Dr. Greg Martin partners with a local specialist. The surgical process varies based on the number and location of missing teeth, but the overall procedure is consistent. A small incision is made in the gums, a titanium post is inserted, and a protective covering is placed to help the implant site heal properly. Typically, the procedure is relatively short and comfortable, but following the implantation, patients have to wait several months for the implant to fuse with the gum and jawbone tissue before returning to our office for the second half of treatment, implant restoration. Dental implants are extremely versatile and can be used to restore any number of lost teeth from one tooth to a full arch.
Dental crowns and crown supported fixed bridges are two of our most frequently used restorative treatments. Dental implant supported crowns and bridges allow us to replace between one and four consecutive missing teeth. A dental crown can be attached to a single implant post to replace an individual tooth. Two connected crowns may be supported by one dental implant, but for those patients with three to four consecutive teeth, we will typically need one implant at both ends of the fixed bridge. Unlike traditional bridges, the implant-retained variety does not rely on surrounding healthy teeth for support, which makes them a superior solution for patients’ overall oral health. In certain situations, a series of dental crowns may be used to replace multiple teeth along an arch or even a full row of missing teeth. However, for these patients, an implant retained partial or full denture may be a better option.
Patients with extensive tooth loss may want to consider an implant supported partial or full denture. Like their traditional, removable counterparts, implant-retained dentures use a gum-colored base to support a number of replacement teeth or a full arch. However, rather than attaching with clasps to healthy teeth or through suction between the denture and gum tissue, they are firmly anchored to between four and six dental implant posts. In most cases, we’re able to offer both fixed and removable options depending on patient preference.