Dental implants are typically made of titanium and are placed into the jawbone and allowed to heal until they are “integrated” into the bone. Dental implants may be considered “root replacements”, and are used to replace one, many, or all of a patient’s teeth. Many Cape Cod patients are turning to dental implants as the preferred option for replacing missing teeth.
To replace a missing tooth with a bridge, at least one tooth on either side of the space created by the missing tooth must be prepared for a crown. Then a false tooth, or pontic, is joined to the crowns, and the entire structure is cemented to the prepared teeth. The patient cannot remove the bridge, and special aids are available to keep it clean. Today, more and more Cape Cod patients are choosing dental implant supported crowns and fixed bridges to replace missing teeth.
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Crowns cover or “cap” a tooth to restore the normal function and appearance of the tooth. Crowns are indicated for teeth that have been weakened with very large fillings, fractured teeth, back teeth that have had a root canal, and misshapen or discolored teeth.
When a patient no longer has any natural teeth, complete dentures are the traditional method to restore function and appearance. Many patients experience difficulty wearing conventional dentures because of poor stability and decreased chewing function. The use of dental implants to improve the stability, retention and comfort of dentures is an option now available to most denture wearers.
Removable Partial Dentures
When there are multiple missing teeth, weak anchor teeth, or no posterior teeth to anchor on, a removable partial denture may be used to replace teeth. These restorations typically are made of a metal framework and a plastic base with denture teeth. They must be removed for daily cleaning and at night. Dental implants may be used to improve their stability, retention, comfort and esthetics.