Dental implants are the only solution for missing teeth that matches both the appearance and function of your natural teeth. This is because dental implants replace the roots of missing teeth, not only the visible portion.
As a prosthodontist, Dr. Valente’s specialty is creating dental restorations that are both natural looking and successful in the long-term. Our office uses state-of-the-art technology and procedures, with an emphasis on pre-planning for optimal results. Because dental implants are now the standard of care for the long-term replacement of teeth, it’s important to seek out a skilled professional with extensive experience performing this procedure.
Single Tooth Dental Implants
Single tooth dental implants are titaniums posts that are implanted into the jaw where the root used to be. We attach an abutment to the implant, then an artificial tooth, or crown, is secured to the abutment. Dental implants can prevent and even reverse bone loss in the jaw, resulting in a strong bite and protecting against facial collapse.
Implant Supported Bridges
Implant-supported bridges are an ideal solution anytime a patient is missing three or more adjacent teeth. Unlike traditional bridges, an implant-supported bridge involves placing implants where the two outermost teeth used to be. These implants are used to anchor a bridge. Implant-supported bridges are a functional and aesthetic replacement for natural teeth.
Implant Supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures are an option for patients who are missing most or all of their teeth. While bone loss in the jaw continues unabated with traditional dentures, implant-supported dentures can help prevent further bone loss and facial changes. Because they don’t require
messy denture adhesives and don’t shift in the mouth while being worn, patients find implant-supported dentures more comfortable than standard dentures.
Implant-supported dentures are held in place by two or more implants; to replace a full arch of missing teeth, a minimum of four implants is recommended. Implants can be used to support either fixed or removable dentures.
Full Arch with Only Four Implants
With a full arch with only four implants, an entire arch of upper or lower teeth can be replaced using only four dental implants as anchors.
Guided Implant Placement
Mini dental implants utilize a titanium post with a smaller diameter than standard dental implants. If full-size implants are not an option, mini dental implants may be used as an alternative. They are most often employed when an implant must fit into a small space or when a patient has inadequate bone mass to support traditional implants.
Standard dental implants require two or more office visits and a waiting period to allow the jaw bone and implants to fuse together, but the mini dental implant process usually takes only a single visit, with a minimally-invasive procedure that requires only local anesthetic and no stitches.
Guided Implant Placement
Accuracy is critical for the success of dental implants, which is why we use guided implant placement. With this technology, we can create custom surgical guides with specialized software to tell us the exact location, angle, and depth of each implant placement. This increases efficiency, safety, and predictability for the best possible outcome.