Explore the Restorative Possibilities of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a revolutionary restorative treatment option for patients who are missing teeth. Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically inserted into the jaw bone. There, they fuse with the surrounding bone and become exceptionally stable and strong. Implants can provide unparalleled support for dental crowns, a dental bridge, or even a complete denture. Dr. Robert Rothenberg both places and restores dental implants at his Manchester office. To learn more about implants and the benefits they can offer you, contact us today and schedule your consultation.
What Is a Dental Implant?
In addition to traditional dental implants, Dr. Rothenberg offers mini dental implants. Mini dental implants function similarly to traditional implants but feature a smaller diameter post. These smaller implants are an excellent option for patients with minimal jaw bone structure who might need a bone graft in order to support regular-sized implants. While traditional dental implants can support dentures, crowns, and bridges on both arches of your mouth, mini dental implants are typically placed in a patient's lower jaw to support a denture. Dr. Rothenberg will perform an in-depth analysis of your jaw to determine what type of implant is right for your unique needs.
After Dr. Rothenberg has determined your candidacy for traditional or mini implants, he will create an individualized placement plan for your implants. For example, an implant-supported crown requires just a single implant. For dental bridges, Dr. Rothenberg will likely place implants at the two ends of your proposed bridge. Depending on its size, extra implants may also be placed. Dentures can be placed on as few as four implants in some cases, although many patients require more support.
Before your surgery, Dr. Rothenberg will apply local anesthesia to the treatment site and can administer nitrous oxide, if needed, to help you relax. He will make minor incisions in your gum tissue, providing access to the jaw bone. Once your implants have been placed, he will gently close your gums. Your incisions will take a few weeks to heal, and the fusing process between your jaw bone and implants (osseointegration) will be complete in roughly three to six months. Until healing is complete, Dr. Rothenberg can provide you with a temporary prosthesis.
Restoring Your Implants
Dr. Rothenberg will create your permanent prostheses using impressions of your gums, any healthy surrounding teeth, and the tops of your implants, which will attach to abutment pieces. Your dental crown, bridge, or denture will be custom-crafted to fit seamlessly with your smile and features. While you wear your temporary restorations, you can discuss any concerns you have or discomfort you feel so your permanent prosthesis can be appropriately adjusted.
Dental implants and implant-supported restorations provide patients many unique benefits, including:
Like traditional restorations, implant-supported dental prostheses maintain your facial structure, guarding against the sunken, aged appearance that can accompany tooth loose.