When you lose your teeth you have a few options; you can get dentures, bridges or dental implants. Dental implants tend to offer patients the most comfort and longevity, and look the most like your natural teeth. As a dental implant dentist, Dr. Miller is able to use 3D radiography and other dental implant technologies to map out dental implant placements before your procedure.
Single Tooth Replacement (Crowns)
A dental implant is the best way to replace a missing tooth. Implants act like your natural tooth roots and support your individually made ceramic crown. Teeth adjacent to the missing tooth do not need to be cut down to support a bridge.
Fixed Implant Supported Bridges – Partial arch (Non-Removable)
When several teeth in a row are missing, they can be replaced by a bridge anchored to implants. An implant is not needed for each tooth being replaced. Three or four teeth can be replaced with as few as two dental implants for support. This is less expensive than placing an individual implant for each tooth being replaced. Dental implants are strong and can support the biting forces of several teeth when they are anchored together.
Removable Implant Overdentures
Complete dentures are difficult to wear. Implants can be used underneath removable dentures to eliminate many of the problems associated with denture wear.
In the upper denture, most people complain about having the palate of their mouth covered. This decreases the ability to feel and taste food and alters speech. Four implants under an upper denture hold it securely so that the size of the plate can be reduced, removing the palate from the denture altogether.
The lower denture is more difficult to wear than the upper (there is no suction to hold it in place). It constantly moves, presses on the gums, and has to be held in by the cheeks and tongue. As few as two implants can provide stability to the lower denture to hold it firmly in place. This is the most cost effective way to improve comfort and function for wearers of complete lower dentures.
With implant supported overdentures you can chew with confidence a variety of foods and your sense of taste is unaffected. Your teeth can be removed for cleaning and the need for denture adhesives is eliminated.
Fixed Implant Supported Acrylic Bridge – Full Arch (Non-Removable)
For people who don’t want to take their dentures out every day, non-removable implant supported dentures may be an option. This treatment requires more implants than a removable implant denture. The denture is screwed onto the implants. The final result is a much more natural feeling set of new teeth. Normal chewing forces are completely restored, and you never have to take your teeth out!
Fixed Implant Supported Porcelain Bridge – Full Arch (Non-Removable)
An entire mouth can be rebuilt using dental implants to support replacement teeth. The most natural results are achieved when a beautiful porcelain crown and bridge treatment is used in conjunction with precise implant placement. Usually, 6-8 implants on the upper and 4-6 implants on the lower are used to support an entire set of porcelain teeth.
The teeth are cemented or screwed in and they look and feel just like real teeth. This solution stimulates bone maintenance, restores chewing function, and maintains taste sensation.
Missing teeth causes bone loss. Significant bone loss can shrink the contours of the jawbone causing wrinkled lips and a sunken mouth and chin. Implants can help maintain jawbone and restore a youthful appearance.
A dental implant is the next best thing to the real thing.
Computer-guided Implant Placement
Computer-guided implant placement ensures enhanced safety and reliability and delivers convincing clinical and aesthetic results. Guided surgery allows the doctor to place the implants into the exact location previously planned in the virtual 3D computer model. The virtual information and model is sent off to Germany and a guide stent is returned in as few as 7 days. This improves implant location and helps assist the doctor in avoiding important structures like nerves and sinuses while keeping the implants in solid bone. Guided surgery dramatically reduces the amount of time the patient is in the dental chair.
Implant planning software