It wasn’t long ago that the only options for replacing teeth were removable dentures (partial or complete) or fixed bridges. Unfortunately, removable appliances lack the aesthetics, function and comfort of natural teeth. And fixed bridges require the preparation and weakening of the supporting teeth.
Today, implants offer wonderful options. An implant is an artificial titanium “rod” placed securely in the bone. They can be used individually to replace a single tooth or in combination to support multiple missing teeth. They also can be used to increase retention or offer complete support for removable partial or complete dentures.
Recent research has confirmed that the long-term (15-year) prognosis for implants greatly exceeds that of bridges and removable dentures in durability and comfort.
Dr. Northway has been using implants to restore missing teeth since 1986. Until 2009, he partnered with the finest oral surgeons in town to surgically place the titanium “roots” in the jaw, from which he would then support crowns, bridges or dentures. He then completed a five-course surgical residency at the world-famous Misch International Implant Institute and has since placed the titanium roots in his own office, which often presents a great cost-savings to his patients.
X-ray shows the implant rooted into the jaw bone.
The implanted tooth is the one adjacent
to the patient’s left-hand front tooth.
Patient’s titanium “root” is healed and ready for placement of a permanent implant.
Implanted tooth is placed and blending seamlessly with surrounding teeth.
After implant, the missing tooth is replaced and patient’s smile is restored.
Multiple implants can be placed at one time.
In this case, two implants are used to create a bridge, replacing three missing teeth.
Two implants and a bridge restore this patient’s bite.
For any tooth replacement technique, a thorough evaluation by your dentist is needed. Northway Family dentists welcome the chance to get to know your dental needs and work with you to restore your smile and self-confidence. Please contact us today or request an appointment online.