Smile Improvements At Any Age is Possible with Dental Implants.
Dental Implants are currently the standard of care for replacing teeth. A dental implant is a biocompatible titanium root form prosthesis that is strategically placed into your jaw bone to replace tooth roots. After a few months, the implant fuses to your jaw bone, making it permanent. Once the fusion occurs, impressions are taken to fabricate an abutment for the implant crown.
There are many advantages to dental implants, including:
- Improved aesthetics. Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth without the disruption of adjacent teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does.
- Improved comfort, function, and speech. Ill- fitting dentures can become a nuisance especially when the dentures are moving in your mouth when you try to eat or talk. Dental implants can help stabilize your dentures to avoid those embarrassing moments.
- Durability. Implants are very durable and have a success rate of up to 98%. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime.
- Cavity – free. Cavities cannot occur in an implant-restored crown; however, regular followups are still important to care for the bone and gum tissue surrounding the implant.
We are proud of Dr. Colleen Lam, a Diplomate of the International Dental Implant Association, for her achievements and selflessness. In 2015, Dr. Lam spent her time in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic participating in one of the largest and most comprehensive dental education and live patient charitable missions the world has ever assembled.
Below is a press release describing the mission trip, and a few pictures of their time in the Dominican Republic.
Single Tooth Replacement
Traditionally, when a patient loses a tooth, a dental bridge was the treatment of choice. With bridges, the adjacent two or more teeth are shaved down to support a suspended tooth, known as a “pontic”. The unit would be splinted together, making flossing more difficult and more susceptible to decay. With dental implants, there is no need to disrupt the adjacent teeth. Patients are able to treat each tooth individually.
If there is a short edentulous span where a patient is missing just a few teeth, implants can be used to restore those areas by spacing them out accordingly and restored with a bridged prosthesis instead of a traditional removable partial denture. Flossing can be more challenging, but patients with implant bridges do not have to worry about decay.
All-On-Four Hybrid Dentures
The “All-On-Four” or “Teeth in a day” concept of total rehabilitation of a full set of teeth has been around for over thirty years. The procedure consist of removal of all existing teeth and placing four to six implant in strategic positions and having denture teeth screwed into place. This provides patients a more permanent solution to removable full dentures while providing aesthetics, comfort, and function.
An “overdenture” is a full or partial denture that is modified to attach to dental implants. This is a cost effective surgical procedure to stabilize any removable prosthesis. This procedure requires less implants when compared to a “All-On-Four Hybrid” allowing the removable prosthesis to snap into place.