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State-of-the-Art Solutions for
Missing Teeth

A young woman smiles into the camera. Dr. James Burden uses dental implants, the latest, most modern solution to replace lost or missing teeth. Dr. Burden recommends dental implants because they act like natural roots for your teeth. They take the same space your roots normally would, and can be used in a combination of restoration techniques to make your procedure more economical for you.

Read on below to learn more about the options for teeth replacement that Dr. Burden recommends. When it comes to finding the best solution for replacing one or more missing teeth, Dr. Burden will provide you with treatment alternatives to suit your situation and budget. He offers a Complimentary Dental Implant Consultation so you can get all your questions answered.

What is a Dental Implant?

Diagram of an implant-supported crownA dental implant is a replacement tooth. It looks, feels and acts like a natural tooth, anchored by a titanium post (the root) and a crown. The implant is placed first (often following extraction), then an abutment. A temporary crown is placed on the abutment until the gums heal, then the permanent crown will be affixed.

Single Tooth Replacement with Dental Implants

With just a single tooth replacement using dental implants, Dr. Burden extracts the tooth as needed, places the titanium implant that would act as the root of the recently extracted tooth and place a temporary crown on the implant. The implant would heal around the bone and tissue, and once healed, Dr. Burden places a final crown on your implant.

The metal post that anchors your restoration serves as an artificial tooth root. 

Replacing Multiple Missing Teeth with Dental Implants

Dr. Burden recommends either using all implants to replace multiple missing teeth, or dental bridges supported by implants. Which will work better for you depends on how many teeth need to be replaced as well as your budget.

Patients who qualify for dental implants can enjoy substantial benefits, such as improved comfort and oral health.

When you have multiple teeth missing having a fixed bridge installed that’s supported by implants will give the same chewing power and feel as natural teeth. A dental bridge supported by implants is strong and well-constructed; you never have to take the bridge out and would clean it just as you would your natural teeth. Of course, Dr. Burden would check on them each time you come in for your six-month visit.

Replacing all Your Teeth with Dental Implants

denturesWhen it comes to replacing all your teeth, it’s important to have new dentition that will be stable, allow you to eat everything you want and need and that prevents bone loss. Dr. Burden recommends four options for replacing all your teeth:

Option #1: Full Mouth Restoration with Dental Implants

diagram of a dental bridge supported by implants Your first option is to replace your teeth with individual dental implants. This option will give you the most lifelike teeth that can be cared for in the exact same way as natural teeth. You’ll have full chewing power and no bone loss. This would be the most costly option.

Option #2: Implant-supported Bridges

a denture above four implants and a model of a jawWith this option, Dr. Burden would fix dental bridges to your jaw using dental implants. Each implant can support one to two porcelain teeth between them. This acts very similarly to natural teeth as it is very stably fixed in and the porcelain teeth have the same translucency as natural teeth.

Option #3 Implant-Supported Dentures

an implant-supported dentureWhen you have implant-supported dentures, Dr. Burden will anchor your dentures to your jaw using dental implants. The denture snaps onto the implants and is easily removable so it can be cleaned at night. It also provides needed support for powerful chewing and bone function. The denture is made of acrylic and Dr. Burden uses a high-quality, natural-looking denture material. Dr. Burden can make implant-supported dentures that don’t cover the roof of your mouth.

Your most affordable option is to support a denture with mini dental implants.

Option #4 Mini Implant-Supported Dentures

Your most affordable option is to support a denture with mini dental implants. These are narrow implants about the size of a toothpick. They are easily screwed in and have no healing time, so they are a fast and minimally invasive alternative to regular-sized implants. Dr. Burden recommends full-size implants were possible to retain dentures for greatest stability and durability. However, for some cases he will recommend this less invasive option, or if budget is an issue.

Restore the Integrity of Your Smile

When missing teeth are left untreated, serious oral health conditions can result. To prevent more complex problems, Dr. Burden offers a range of solutions for missing teeth. Patients who qualify for dental implants can enjoy substantial benefits, such as improved comfort and oral health. For more information, call our office at (757) 229-1224 or contact us online today. 

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-Cheryl W.
Williamsburg, VA