No other treatment in dentistry has had a more positive effect for patients recently than dental implants. The current method of placing dental implants in the jawbone was developed in the 1950’s in Sweden and has been in use in the United States since the early 1980’s, so it has proven to be a very effective and long-term treatment option.
Originally only used for patients who couldn’t wear regular dentures, now nearly anybody who is missing one or more teeth can have them replaced or supported by dental implants.
Because of their unique properties, dental implants can be used in multiple ways:
- one implant to replace a single missing tooth
- two or more implants to replace several missing teeth with a fixed bridge
- two or more implants to support removable dentures and hold them in place
- five or more implants to replace an entire arch of teeth with fixed bridges
For patients who are unable to have several implants placed to replace multiple missing teeth, even one implant underneath a removable partial can have a dramatic impact on the stability and comfort of the partial.
Here are some examples of the many ways dental implants can be used to replace missing teeth.
Dr. Gates is fully trained in utilizing the latest techniques and materials in implant restoration.
Dental implant treatment involves many variables in the planning stages as well as the completion of the prosthesis. Sometimes, 3-D X-rays of your jaws are necessary to determine whether or not you are a candidate for implants or for a specific type of final bridge. Dr. Gates is fully trained to inform you of the issues involved in your specific situation.
All surgical procedures related to placement of dental implants into the jawbone are done at the offices of our surgical specialists to ensure you get the best possible results.
For a consultation regarding implants or to discuss your options, please contact our office.