Dental ImplantsAn Overview
Are you missing teeth? Are you looking for a natural way to restore your smile after tooth loss?
Dental implants are the “gold standard” for long-term replacement for missing teeth. Implant dentistry offers stable solutions for tooth replacement. Dental implants integrate with the jaw bone creating a secure hold and promoting natural bone tissue regeneration.
They can be used to replace a single missing tooth with a dental crown, or multiple implants can be used to anchor a dental bridge or denture into place.
Dr. Steve Fountain has advanced training in implant dentistry. With over 20 years of experience, our implant dentists remain on the cutting edge of implant technology and advancements in technique and materials.
We use the latest digital imaging and guided implant placement to help our patients optimize healthy bone tissue, improve the fit of their dental restoration, and enjoy a beautiful, natural-looking smile.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth. Designed to mimic the natural ingenuity of a human tooth, dental implants are the most natural solution for replacing missing teeth.
Depending on the number and location of your missing teeth, your dentist will design a dental crown, bridge, or denture that anchors to the dental implant post(s). Dental restorations are customized based on several design factors, including the structure of your face, the color, shape, and size of your adjacent teeth, and your personal cosmetic goals.
An abutment is used on single dental implants to secure the dental crown. Ceramic implants are a single piece and do not require an abutment.
The Implant Post
Implant posts are made from biocompatible titanium or zirconia ceramic. Dental implant posts are surgically implanted into the jaw bone. Patients will receive one or several implants where there’s optimal healthy bone tissue.
The post acts as a replacement root system and naturally bonds to the empty root socket creating a stable base for the dental restoration.
Benefits of Dental Implant Secured Restorations
- Improves the fit of the restoration
- Boost self-confidence
- Creates a natural, beautiful smile
- Eat a diet without restriction
- Supports bone retention and facial integrity
- Helps prevent additional tooth loss
- Reduces risk of gum disease
Patients who currently struggle with an ill-fit denture can benefit from asking their dentist if they are eligible for implants. Dental implants help prevent the denture’s slipping and improve the bite’s force and function.
Implant-supported dental restorations provide added support and boost patients’ self-confidence. Bridges and dentures supported by implants fit better, feel more comfortable, and look like a natural smile. Implant-supported dentures allow patients to enjoy a more varied diet and can enjoy healthy options like vegetables and fruit.
Teeth In a Day: All On Four Dental Implants
The All-on-Four dental implant system allows patients to receive a full set of implant-supported dentures in just one visit to our Claremont, CA, dental institute. Patients enjoy a stable, beautiful smile with as few as four dental implants.
All-On-Four requires the strategic placement of the four implants that will optimize healthy bone tissue while creating a stable foundation for the denture. Dr. Fountain utilizes state of the art digital imaging and software to plan the All-On-Four implant placement phase.
Our lab custom creates a natural-looking set of beautiful, fully functioning teeth to be placed on your implants.
The titanium implants will fuse to your jawbone during the following weeks, creating a strong, long-lasting solution for your new teeth.