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Replace Teeth with Dental Implants in West Seneca

Traditionally, tooth replacement only restored those parts of teeth that are visible when patients smile leaving the root structure missing below the surface. While this may not seem like much of a problem, tooth roots, in addition to supporting our teeth, serve an integral function in overall oral health. Roots are supported by gum and alveolar bone tissue that gives our face its smooth, youthful appearance, and they stimulate the jawbone causing it to retain density. The body is a highly efficient machine, so when one part is not being used, the nutrients that support its function and health are gradually rerouted to other areas that receive greater use. Unlike more traditional forms of tooth replacement, dental implant supported prosthetics renew the entire smile from the roots up for optimal structural stability, health, and beauty. Dental implants are placed in two phases – surgical implantation and restoration. At Applegate Dental, we’re happy to complete both phases of care in our comfortable West Seneca dentistry office. If you’re missing one or more teeth, contact us to schedule your dental implant consultation today.

Implant Placement

No matter how extensive patients’ tooth loss, they will need to have at least one dental implant post surgically placed below the gum line. This treatment is typically no more painful than a tooth extraction, root canal, or other restorative procedure, but patients should expect a longer period of healing and recovery. The placement is fairly straightforward. A small incision is made in the gum line where the implant is to be placed. The implant post is then inserted into the opening which may or may not be stitched closed. Over the course of several months, a process known as osseointegration occurs. Osseo means bones, so literally this is the bone integration process. Dental implants are crafted from high quality materials like titanium. When placed below the gum line, the implant post mimics the natural function of tooth roots, and over time, the supportive alveolar bone and connective gum tissue attach to the implant just as they would tooth roots.

Implant-Retained Crowns & Bridges

Once the osseointegration process is complete, patients return to our office for implant restoration. For patients missing a single tooth or two teeth in a row, we use one implant post to support a custom crafted dental crown or crowns. For patients missing three or more consecutive teeth, we may recommend an implant supported fixed bridge. Just like a traditional fixed bridge, the replacement teeth are anchored in position by dental crowns, but rather than damaging surrounding healthy teeth, the crowns are placed over two dental implant posts.

Implant-Retained Prosthetics

Those patients with more extensive tooth loss may need an implant retained partial or full denture. Like traditional dentures and partials, the implant retained varieties are composed of a number of replacement teeth set into a gum colored base. Rather than being held in position by metallic clasps or natural suction, implant-retained prosthetics are connected to a series of precisely positioned implant posts. We offer both removable and fixed implant prosthetics depending on patient preference.