Replacing missing teeth with high-quality prosthetic devices is the final step in the dental implant process. At Capital Region Periodontics and Dental Implants in Albany, New York, board-certified periodontists Reed Ference, DDS, MDS, and Sean Ference DDS, MDS, work with state of the art restorative dentists to provide replacement teeth to restore your smile. Call Capital Region Periodontics and Dental Implants or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about teeth replacement.
Replacement teeth are prosthetics that connect to your dental implants. These devices restore your tooth function and the appearance of your smile. The team at Capital Region Periodontics and Dental Implants works with other dentists to provide several teeth replacement options to suit your needs and goals.
Several forms of teeth replacement are available through Capital Region Periodontics and Dental Implants, including:
Complete dentures replace all of the teeth in your mouth. These devices consist of teeth attached to an artificial pink base that closely resembles your natural gums. While complete dentures typically mold to the roof of your mouth, custom-made options may not have to cover your entire palate.
Partial dentures replace only some of your teeth, so they’re ideal for individuals who still have healthy teeth. Unlike complete dentures, partial replacements don’t cover the roof of your mouth.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that can attach to a dental implant. Crowns work well for patients who are missing just one tooth, or a few.
A traditional fixed bridge consists of two dental crowns with an artificial tooth in the center. Since a bridge remains fixed in place, it feels and functions just like your natural teeth.
Your mouth must heal fully after implant surgery to properly fit you for replacement teeth. Placing your prosthetic teeth too early can result in an improper fit or failure of the implant. Once your swelling subsides and your mouth heals, the team takes digital impressions to create your replacement teeth. This process typically takes 1-12 months.
Most patients visit Capital Region Periodontics and Dental Implants multiples times before receiving their replacement teeth. During these appointments, the team performs whatever treatment is needed to restore your gums and bone to health before sending you to a restorative dentist to create your new teeth.
The restorative dentist will take a series of impressions, bites, and adjustments to create your new teeth. They may also take impressions for any custom support bars, snaps, magnets, or clips that you may need to secure your teeth to the implants.
While you wait for your replacement teeth, the team fits you for temporary restorations. The team uses highly accurate impressions to ensure your replacement teeth are as comfortable as possible.
They connect your custom-made replacement teeth to fully restore your bite, tooth function, and appearance at your final visit.
To learn more about teeth replacement, call Capital Region Periodontics and Dental Implants, or schedule an appointment online today.