Dental implant refers only to the titanium root. What attaches to that dental implant is what we refer to as a “restoration.” In general, these are either dental crowns, dental bridges, or full dentures. These are advanced technological implements, too, made of sophisticated materials that balance strength and appearance to give you the beautiful appearance and high degree of function you expect from dental implants.
If you have questions about what types of dental restorations would work best for you, please call (702) 873-0324 for an appointment with a Summerlin implant dentist at the office of Dr. James B. Polley.
Dental Crown Restorations
A dental crown is the restoration used when we are restoring only one lost tooth. Technically, the visible part of your tooth, and that’s what this restoration is trying to mimic. These restorations are rarely removable. They are almost always fixed to the dental implant, usually via a form of connecting piece known as an abutment. In some more recent designs, the dental crown is capable of connecting directly to the dental implant.
Dental crowns are made of materials that are both beautiful and strong, making them highly durable. However, they are less flexible than natural tooth crowns.
Dental bridges are sometimes known as fixed partial dentures. They are composed of multiple teeth, which form a bridge between two or more dental implants. Depending on the appearance of your gums and the design of the bridge, they might be manufactured with plastic “gums” as well as ceramic teeth, which can help create a natural, healthy appearance.
Usually, a dental bridge is affixed to our dental implants, either with cement (“bonding”) or with screws. Sometimes, though, a dental bridge can be removable, which can aid with cleaning, maintenance, and, when necessary, replacement.
Full dentures are used to replace all the teeth in either the upper (maxillary) or lower (mandibular) arch. They are typically made of one piece, and, as such, can have significant force demands placed on them by your bite. There are several ways to deal with this concern. One way is to make dentures that are held in place by your dental implants, but put their force mostly on your gum tissue like traditional dentures. This reduces the bite force on the denture to levels that the denture can tolerate.
But if more bite force is translated directly into the bone, allowing you to bite and chew normally, the denture needs to be stronger. Advanced ceramics are often strong enough to tolerate these forces, but in some cases the denture needs to be reinforced with metal.
Dentures have several attachment options. Many people prefer removable dentures, which can be taken out for cleaning and maintenance, and is a good option for dentures that are supported by your gums. These are easily replaceable when necessary.
Fixed dentures have to be stronger and designed so that they can stand both the forces associated with repeated biting and chewing, and the challenges of the wet, unsanitary environment that is the mouth. Fully fixed dentures require a commitment to good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups to ensure they achieve their full life.
If you would like to learn more about your options for dental implant restorations in Summerlin, please call (702) 873-0324 for an appointment at the office of Dr. James B Polley DDS. Located in the heart of Summerlin.