Dental Implants for Odessa, TX
Traditional tooth replacement options restored only those parts of teeth visible when patients smile, but without the supportive root structure, these replacement teeth do not fully restore the form, function, and overall oral health of a damaged smile. Dental implants offer patients complete tooth replacement restoring lost teeth from the roots up. If you’re missing one or more teeth, contact Boyles General Dentistry to find out about dental implant-retained tooth replacement solutions available at our Odessa, Texas dentistry practice.
Dental Implant Questions and Answers
Dental implant supported tooth replacement takes place in two phases. The first phase is the surgical placement of the dental implant posts. A small incision is made in the gum line, and the dental implant post is inserted. Our doctors use the latest technology and can offer surgically guided placement when needed to ensure that your implant is properly placed. Once the post is in position, a protective covering is placed to allow the implant to fuse with the jawbone and gum tissue. This fusion is referred to as osseointegration and can take anywhere from three to six months. Once the dental implant is fused with the jawbone, it mimics the natural function of the lost root structure and can support a prosthetic tooth. At this point, patients return to our office for the restoration phase of treatment.
Implant-Retained Crowns & Bridges
Patients missing between one and four consecutive teeth will likely want to consider dental implant supported crowns or fixed bridges. For a single missing tooth, we attach a custom crafted dental crown to an individual implant post. For two teeth in a row, we can typically anchor both replacement teeth to the same implant. However, for three or four missing teeth, we typically place two dental implant posts at either end of the bridge to support the prosthetic.
Implant Supported Prosthetics
For those patients with more extensive tooth loss, we will likely recommend an implant supported partial or full denture. Like their removable counterparts, these implant-retained prosthetics restore any number of missing teeth or a full arch. Rather than connecting to remaining healthy teeth or being held in place through suction, a strategic number of implants is positioned to provide optimal support for the partial or full denture. We craft all of our dentures in office to ensure the highest quality results, and are happy to provide fixed and removable implant-retained options.