An implant is a metal post that is placed into the jawbone and acts as a tooth root. A dental implant may be a good option to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or to help anchor a full or partial denture. Whether the goal is for aesthetic purposes or functionality, let's explore the options.
Luckily, there are multiple options for replacing teeth. Non-surgical options include a bridge, partial, or denture. You may choose a single implant to replace 1 missing tooth or a few implants to replace missing teeth to stay in occlusion, which maintains chewing function. You may choose to have an implant denture that you can remove. There is also an All on 4, which is a denture supported by 4 implants and is a fixed prosthesis. Even if you currently have dentures, you can choose to get implants to anchor them.
The first step in determining if you are a candidate for an implant is a 3D x-ray, also called a CBCT. This image allows the doctor to evaluate bone levels and virtually place an implant for measurements. Once it is determined that you are a candidate, you will be presented with a treatment plan of what services are required to restore your smile. Sometimes, a sinus lift is necessary for implant placement on your upper arch. Sometimes, a bone graft is necessary to support existing bone. Your doctor will explain this process if it's required. It is important to note that the whole implant process spans over the course of 3-6 months, though a temporary crown/denture may be placed while the area heals, which includes fusion of the bone and the implant. The success rate is quite high and failures usually occur in the unlikely event of infection. Careful planning with a qualified surgeon can help avoid these problems. In many cases, another attempt can be made to replace a failed dental implant after the requisite time for healing has taken place. While an oral surgeon will perform the procedure to place the implant, you will meet with your regular dentist for the final restoration of the implant/s.
The doctors at Progressive Dental Center are pleased to work closely with Dr. Robert Schroering of Advanced Implant Centers from beginning to end of your implant process to ensure the best care overall. Dr. Schroering performs implant procedures right here, inside of Progressive Dental Center two Fridays a month! If you are interested in a consultation to find out of you're a candidate for implants, or if you have previously discussed implants with your doctor and are ready to proceed, please contact Dr. Schroering's office at (765)293-4200.