For those who are missing teeth or need teeth extracted, we offer implant restorations including: single tooth crowns, implant supported bridges, all porcelain full-mouth restorations, and strongly affixed semi-removable prosthetics. To achieve the greatest results we use Astra Tech and Nobel Biocare implant systems.
Implants involve a two step process, first, placing a titanium post that acts as a substitution for the root and then bonding a crown to it that functions as a natural tooth. Depending on your bone quality and quantity, Dr. Almasri may be able to place and restore your dental implant in one visit.
With proper planning and strong, open lines of communication, the implant process can be smooth and predictable. Digital x-rays, in office cone beam CT scans and other diagnostics will further enhance the planning process and ultimately improve the accuracy and success of your implant. The procedure will include 1-2 phases of minimally invasive surgery done under IV SEDATION, and finalized by the addition of a dental crown or other restoration. At the conclusion of the procedure, you can be assured that you have received the most conservative and most effective tooth replacement solution available.
There are various options for replacing a missing tooth. The appropriate tooth replacement choice depends largely on your specific needs, but many patients are finding that dental implants are the best choice under most circumstances.
Dental implants are mainly composed of a high-grade titanium post and a dental crown. Once in place, the implant tooth becomes permanently integrated with the jaw bone. Your new tooth is strong enough for normal biting and chewing, as fully supported by the jawbone. This relationship between the implant and the bone allows your replacement tooth to be completely independent, not relying on the adjacent teeth for support.
Dental bridges can be a suitable solution, but tend to be more aggressive than dental implants. Those bridges must be anchored to at least two other natural teeth for proper support. This requires that your dentist modify the enamel on two healthy teeth in order to create a foundation for the bridge, which increases the amount of stress on these two teeth during biting and chewing.
A removable partial denture is another option for replacing a missing tooth. The partial often rests on the gum tissue, roof of the mouth, or floor of the mouth for support. Most patients find this solution to too large and cumbersome for replacing only a single tooth.
Multiple Teeth Replacement
If you lost multiple teeth, your options would be:
If you are missing multiple teeth, those can be replaced with multiple single-tooth implant restorations or with implant bridges. Implant bridges replace the support lost as a result of missing teeth, avoid the need to drill the adjacent teeth and do not require an implant for every missing tooth.
Implants are placed in a manner that replicates missing teeth. When the implants are integrated with surrounding bone, abutments are attached to implants that will connect the final bridge. The implant bridge can be retained in place using cement or screws.
Even though implants are not susceptible to cavities, if oral hygiene is not well maintained periodontal disease might develop around them. This implant restoration should be routinely evaluated.
Implant supported partials
Another less expensive way to replace multiple missing teeth with implants is an implant-supported denture that utilizes fewer implants placed in arranged positions and attached to the denture either by some sort of clips or it can be screwed in permanently. This method eliminates unattractive clasps, reduces the display of metal parts on the removable partial denture, and will increase the amount of support, stability and retention to the final restoration.
Denture teeth will generally last for years, but most retentive elements need to be replaced on a six-month or longer basis.
If you lost all of your teeth you have multiple options, starting with the most affordable:
Over-Dentures: These look like regular dentures but use implants underneath them to provide great retention. They are removable – they come in and out.
Hybrid Dentures, known as “All on 4”: These are dentures that are permanently fixed to the implants by means of screws that only the dentist can remove. They don’t have flanges like traditional dentures, and they are higher maintenance than the others mentioned above.
Implant bridges: In this case we would be replacing your teeth with more implants that connect to each other to support bridges. This option would be the most costly, but at the same time it’s the closest to the look and feel of natural teeth compared to the other options mentioned above.
If you are considering dental implants, please call Dr. Almasri and schedule a complimentary consultation so we can discuss your options in further detail.
Teeth-in-a-Day® and All-on-4
An extraordinary procedure has been developed that permits the placement of 4 dental implants and a fixed bridge in as little as one appointment. In its most extraordinary application an entire mouthful of teeth may be replaced with implants and non-removable set of new teeth in as little as an hour. In most cases there is no bone grafting, no sinus grafting or lift, no incision or suture placement and no healing time required. This procedure is called “Teeth-in-a-Day®”. The same technique may be used for the replacement of a single missing tooth.
Teeth-in-a-Day® can change your life. Patients who benefit most from this revolutionary and highly sophisticated system are those toothless with dentures or with teeth so compromised, they have no option but to pull all their teeth and then select from several less-than-desirable scenarios:
- Removable dentures, which everybody hates aesthetically, along with greatly reduced chewing function – only 10-20 percent of what is normal.
- Getting numerous implants on each arch and a fixed bridge; very costly and requires numerous appointments, months of healing and sometimes bone and sinus grafting.
- Have a denture connected to two or four implants with attachments, for more stability and restoration. Less expensive, but still not an ideal choice, since it isn’t fixed and patients have to snap the dentures in and out for hygiene. Studies show that patients with dentures connected to implants recover only 50-60 percent of their chewing function, better than that of dentures alone, but still greatly impaired.
Finally, there is a better alternative to those we’ve had in the past. A new technique gives patients 90 percent of their chewing ability back in a single appointment, with less pain and at a much lower cost. This revolutionary technique is called Teeth-in-a-Day® or All-On-4, which Dr. Almasri specializes in. Call Dr. Almasri today for your complimentary dental implants consultation.