It is not an exaggeration to say that dental implants have revolutionized dentistry and transformed the lives of people who are missing teeth. Nothing looks or feels more life-like that a dental implant capped with a custom-created crown.
A dental implant is a small screw-shaped post that is used to replace the root of a missing tooth. They have the ability to actually fuse with the bone in your jaw making them extremely sturdy and reliable. They allow our patients to eat, speak and smile with confidence again.
Used For More Than Just Missing Teeth
But, dental implants are very versatile. They are also used to provide the stable foundation for a prosthetic treatment such as dentures. Implant supported dentures look and function like real teeth but don’t have the slippage and chafing of traditional dentures.
State-of-the-art systems used by dentistry today allow the use of a minimal number of implants to support a maximum number of teeth. Commonly, four implants are used to support a full-arch of teeth. This procedure is called “all on four”. Recently Dr. Burden had an implant case that involved the “all on four” approach.
First, Dr. Burden utilized sophisticated 3-D Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT). It has the unique ability to offer clear images of different types of tissue – soft, bone, muscle, nerve and blood vessels without sacrificing clarity. With CBCT, an x-ray beam in the shape of a cone is moved around the patient to produce a large number of images or views that are reconstructed to create a single 3-D image.
Once the digital image is made, a surgical guide is created from this virtual mock up to position the implants in the exact position needed for optimum bone support and final restoration placement. All of this is done BEFORE the implant is actually placed. Allowing Dr. Burden to be assured of getting it right the first time, every time!
Dr. Burden’s patient went from a few teeth with severe wear to a full lower arch of teeth with implant support. What a fabulous result!
Want To Know More?
Dental implants are paving the way to greater comfort, freedom from embarrassment and restored dental health. Do you have questions about dental implants? We have prepared an informative digital download about dental implants that answers the questions we know our patients are asking. You can get your free copy of this download here.
Are you missing teeth or tired of slipping, ill-fitting, uncomfortable dentures? Call our office at (732)414-1888 or contact us to talk with our dentist in Millstone, NJ about how he can use versatile dental implants to help you find a more confident, beautiful smile.