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Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Dental implants are one of the most versatile tools we have in modern dentistry.  With this modern treatment, we are able to provide our patients with the functionality, natural appearance, and comfortable feel similar to that of natural teeth.  Whether you are missing one tooth or many, and whether it’s been months or years since the tooth or teeth were removed, an implant solution may be the best option for restoring your smile.  Call River Oaks Dental today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Monteiro to learn more about your options.

Implants for individual tooth replacement

Implants are commonly used to replace individual teeth.  The implant is a titanium post that is placed into the bone where the tooth roots once were (or, if you are missing a tooth congenitally, where that tooth should have been).  After a period of healing, a crown is placed on top of the implant and functions, looks, and feels just like your natural teeth.  If you are missing a few teeth next to each other, we can even make a bridge that is supported by two or more implants.  Implants can be used to replace back teeth as well as front teeth.  With today’s modern technology and advanced techniques, dental implants can be a great option to restore your smile. 

Implants for removable denture stabilization

Aside from replacing individual teeth, implants can also be used to stabilize dentures and partials.  Implants enable you to snap your denture or partial into place, and minimize movement and slipping when you talk and eat.  They also preserve bone, preventing the shrinkage and collapsing of the jaws and subsequent sinking in of facial features and loss of lip volume that comes with missing teeth.  Implants can be truly life-changing for those who wear dentures and partials.  To find out if you are a candidate for implant stabilized dentures or partials, contact River Oaks Dental today!

Implants for non-removable hybrid dentures

For patients missing all or most of their teeth, or needing their teeth removed, implants are considered the best tooth replacement option.   While individual implants to replace an entire arch of teeth can be cost prohibitive for many patients, hybrid implant dentures are an excellent option for replacing an entire arch of teeth in a more affordable way!

With as few as four implants, we can fabricate a hybrid denture that replaces an entire row of teeth and is anchored in place with a titanium bar.  The hybrid denture is permanently fixed in place, so your dentures won’t move around and you won’t have to take them out at night; only your dentist can remove your hybrid dentures.  If you have struggled wearing conventional dentures, dislike having to remove your teeth every day, or if you need your natural teeth removed and do not want to wear dentures, hybrid dentures may be a great option for you!  In most cases, we are able to give you fixed teeth the same day as your implant placement so you never have to wear a conventional removable denture!  Call River Oaks Dental today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Monteiro to discuss your implant options. 

Implant Maintenance

Just like natural teeth, implants and the crowns or prostheses they support require maintenance.  It is important to have regular visits with your hygienist and dentist not only to clean the implant components, but also to monitor your implants for continued health.