Implant Options for Missing Teeth
Durable, Lifelike Teeth Replacement Options
Dental implants are the most lifelike and durable replacement option for missing teeth. Dental implants feel, look and function just like natural teeth and can last a lifetime.
Dental implants are posts that function as replacement tooth roots, and are made either out of titanium or a highly durable ceramic. Dental implants can be used to support a single crown, a dental bridge or a denture.
Because of technical advances in dentistry over the last decade, most people can now receive dental implants and experience their many benefits. As a periodontist, Dr. Peto is an implant specialist and will make a full evaluation to assess which dental implant option will work best for you. Click here to schedule a complimentary consultation.
Implants for Individual Teeth
Dr. Peto will place a dental implant to function as the root of a replacement tooth. A connecting piece called an abutment fits on top of the implant and acts as the attachment point for a dental crown.
The implant-supported new tooth feels, functions and looks just like a natural tooth and can be cleaned just like your real teeth. Patients have said that they cannot tell the difference between the dental implant tooth and their natural teeth.
Titanium and ceramic implant options
Dr. Peto offers both titanium and ceramic implants. Both are biocompatible, durable, and have their own unique advantages.
For patients who would like a non-metal implant option, Dr. Peto will be able to tell you after a full exam if you are a candidate for ceramic implants and will answer all your questions as to the advantages of each type of material.
Where several teeth in a row are missing, Dr. Peto can place a series of implants to support a dental bridge. Implant-supported bridges have nearly the same biting and chewing power as natural teeth and provide the chewing pressure needed to prevent bone loss in the jaw.
A series of implant-supported bridges is the best replacement option for a full arch of missing teeth as they have the same flexibility as natural teeth and nearly the same biting and chewing power.
Implant-Supported Fixed-In Dentures
This is an affordable solution to be able to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. Dr. Peto will place a customized number of implants in strategic positions across your dental arch that will support a full-arch set of new teeth that are securely fixed-in.
The new arch of teeth can be made of a variety of different materials, including high-quality acrylic, metal-reinforced porcelain or zirconia ceramic. Dr. Peto will let you know which options are available to you following a full diagnostic exam. He will explain the benefits of each available option and answer all your questions so you can make an informed choice.
Your new teeth will possess between 85% and 90% of the biting and chewing power of natural teeth. These teeth are non-removable, look very natural and do not have the false palate on the roof of your mouth that hinders your sense of taste.
Implant-Supported Removable Dentures
The most economical way to use implants to support an arch of new replacement teeth is to use implants to support a new denture that snaps onto the implants but can still be removed. The implants and the underside of the denture will both have attachments that allow them to snap together and hold the denture firmly in place.
Your implant-supported new removable dentures won’t need adhesives, and will have about 50% of normal biting and chewing power. You will also be spared the pain and discomfort that comes from unsupported dentures rubbing against your dental arch.
Stabilizing a current denture
Dr. Peto can sometimes place implants to support your current dentures and have your dentures retrofitted so the implants and your dentures will snap together and provide added support. Dentures stabilized this way can achieve about 40% of normal biting and chewing power.
Complimentary Dental Implant Consultation
- Full Mouth X-rays
- Complete oral exam
- Find out if you are a candidate for dental implants
- Dr. Peto will discuss your treatment options with you
- Get any questions answered
*If you have insurance, your insurance company will be billed for the consultation.
To make an appointment, call 424‑229‑9875 or click here to request an appointment online.