In the past three decades, dental implants have emerged as the premier tooth replacement in the world, loved by dentists and patients alike. Compared to every other restoration, they provide the most reliable, durable, and natural-looking results available today. Whether you are missing a single tooth or require a full denture, the team at Summit Boulevard Dental can help you reclaim your smile with this state-of-the-art solution right here in Reno. To learn more about dental implants and schedule an initial consultation, contact us today.
A dental implant is actually a small titanium post that is placed directly into the jawbone in order to mimic the root structure of a lost tooth. Once there, it will actually bond with the surrounding bone just like a natural root, and then it can be attached to a dental restoration to replace the tooth above the gum line. While most other practices have to refer out for this procedure, our team can take care of it in-office in order to make your implant journey as smooth and easy as possible.
Once you have healed from placement (which can take about three to six months), you’ll return to our office to have your new teeth attached to the implants (you’ll wear temporary ones while you heal).
To replace a single missing tooth, we’ll use what is called an implant-retained crown. This will involve attaching an all-porcelain crown directly to the implant using a metal connector called an abutment. And, for patients missing multiple teeth in a row, an implant crown can also be used to support additional prosthetic teeth to help fill in the gap.
Millions of patients around the country have to deal with uncomfortable and unreliable dentures on a daily basis, but with dental implants, we can finally help those in Reno have a set of teeth they can rely on. With implant-retained dentures, the prosthetic teeth are secured directly to the jawbone via multiple dental implants, creating a fit and security a removable prosthetic simply can’t match. Even better, implant-retained dentures can also help patients regain much more of their bite strength compared to regular dentures, enabling them to enjoy a more varied (and typically healthier) diet.
In the past, if a patient had a thin or brittle jawbone due to longstanding tooth loss, they were usually not eligible to get dental implants. However, thanks to mini implants, now even more people can finally fill in the gaps in their smile. As the name indicates, mini implant posts are smaller and thinner than traditional implants, which makes them better for shallower bone, but they can still be used to support a denture that fits and lasts much longer than a traditional one.
With the All-on-4 procedure, we can literally replace an entire row of missing teeth in just one appointment. For this procedure, four implants are strategically placed into the mouth, and these are attached to a denture that very same day. It’s quick, it’s reliable, and patients are amazed at how much of a difference it can make. In a single appointment, we can drastically improve a patient’s appearance, speech, and ability to eat at the same time.