For many patients, traditional restorations like removable dentures or fixed bridges are only semi-permanent solutions to missing or extracted teeth.
Often, these restorative treatments are only short-term fixes that can lead to further damage to your smile compromise your oral health. Dr. Jason Lewis offers dental implants and implant retained prosthetics as permanent treatment options to help patients restore oral function, health, and aesthetics.
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants consist of three unique components: the titanium post which is surgically placed into the jaw, a ceramic abutment that is connected to the implant post, and the prosthetic restoration which is connected to the abutment. While this treatment is highly versatile, the basic structure of dental implants and implant-supported restorations remains the same.
Benefits of Dental Implants
After implant surgery, the implant post fuses with the jaw bone, becoming integrated as a substitute for the natural tooth root. Not only does this create a firm foundation for the remaining parts of the dental implant, but it also prevents further bone degeneration and additional tooth loss.
Receiving Dental Implants
Using cone beam digital imaging, Dr. Lewis determines the best placement for your implant restorations. Following implant placement and recovery, patients return to Bartram Dental Center to receive their customized abutments and restorations. For patients requiring single unit or bridge restorations, Dr. Lewis is able to manufacture these prosthetics in our office with innovative CEREC technology.
What are my implant options?
- Conventional Dental Implants
Standard implants are generally made of 2 pieces, with a diameter larger than 3 mm. They have an external screw that is inserted into the bone, and an internal thread that allows components to be attached to the implant. Conventional implants are recommended for people looking for a lasting, effective solution for broken or missing teeth.
- Mini Implants
Mini implants are solid, one-piece screws that are useful for holding dentures in place. Individuals with poor health often have bone degeneration, which makes smaller implants the only option. Additionally, if you need a short-term fix, mini dental implants can provide a less expensive way to buy some time until a more permanent solution is possible.
Considering Dental Implants? Call Us Today
For more information about replacing missing teeth with dental implants in St. Johns, call the Bartram Dental Center today to schedule your implant consultation.SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT