Dental Implants

Better Tooth Replacement

Dental ImplantsTeeth replacement solutions come in many forms but only dental implants replace your entire tooth – roots included. Every patient’s needs are different, which is why we invite patients to learn more about this procedure. To learn more about your candidacy and how implant may improve your smile, schedule an appointment with us at Dental Associates of Riverside.

Dental Implants

Dental implants consist of three parts:

  • Implants: Placed into your jawbone through a surgical procedure, these are the titanium posts that will fuse to your jaw over time in a process called osseointegration. The posts replace your roots.
  • Abutment: An abutment is a tiny accessory placed into your implant that will connect it to your visible tooth replacement.
  • Restoration: This is the dental crown – or larger prosthetic – that we will place on top of your implant and abutment to restore the visible portion of your missing tooth or teeth.

Implant Options

Your tooth replacement options include:

  • Single Tooth Implants: We may replace one tooth at a time, from one tooth to a full arch of teeth. We will place a post in each open space, restoring it with a beautiful dental crown.
  • Implant-Retained Dentures: We will strategically place posts throughout your mouth to support a complete or partial denture – we will not place posts in each open space.
  • All-on-4®: This treatment offers fixed support for a full denture only. We will place four implant posts into your jawbone, including two placed near the front of your mouth and two in the back, which we will place on an angle. As a result of this angle, we may use longer posts, which are best suited to individuals suffering from low jawbone density that cannot successfully support traditional implants.

Candidacy

Your jawbone supports your dental implants, which means we will need to verify that your bone is strong and dense enough. Additionally, your health will need to be in good standing, so you may safely undergo the surgical placement procedure. For individuals with strong, healthy jawbones, you may qualify for any type of implant. For somewhat weakened jaws, we may find you better suited to implant-retained dentures or All-on-4®. For patients suffering from weak or deteriorated jawbones, we may first suggest bone grafting to regenerate tissue and build strength.