Implant Options for Missing Teeth in Venice, Florida
The most durable tooth replacement solution
Dental implants are durable, they look and feel completely natural, and with adequate care and maintenance they can last a lifetime. They are considered the optimum solution for tooth replacement in modern dentistry. Whether you are missing one, several, or all of your teeth, you can benefit from dental implants. Implants can be used to support a single crown, a dental bridge or a full set of dentures or bridges.
Due to recent technological advances in dentistry, most people can now receive dental implants, even when they have certain health conditions that previously made this impossible.
Here are our dental implant options:
Replacing a single missing tooth
Dr. Feldman will place an implant post into the jawbone, which will act as a durable and stable foundation on which an artificial restoration (a dental crown) can be placed. The implant-supported crown looks and feels like a natural tooth, and can withstand the same biting forces. You can brush and floss it it in the same way as the rest of your teeth. Patients often comment that they cannot tell the difference between the implant tooth and their regular, healthy teeth.
Replacing multiple teeth with Implant-Supported Bridgework
Where three to five teeth in a row need to be replaced, Dr. Feldman can place a dental bridge that is supported by implants. Using this method, several teeth are replaced using two dental implants for support. Because this type of dental bridge is supported by implant posts, there is no need to cut down adjacent healthy teeth, as is the case with regular dental bridges. Implant-supported bridges are strong and provide almost the same chewing and biting power (90%) of regular teeth.
Replacing multiple teeth with Implant-Supported Partial Dentures
If you need to replace multiple adjacent teeth, Dr. Feldman can also create an implant-supported partial denture for you. The partial denture will have attachments that snap onto the implants. The implants stabilize the denture so that it doesn’t move around in your mouth, and they also increase the biting power of the prosthesis (although to a lesser degree than with a dental bridge). You will be able to remove the partial denture for cleaning, as with a regular partial denture.
Implant-supported partial dentures are a more economical alternative to implant-supported bridges. Which option is better for you also depends on your individual circumstances. Dr. Feldman will perform a comprehensive examination including 3D scans of your entire jaw area to let you know which options he recommends for you.
Using Implants to replace an entire dental arch
Implants can be used to support a prosthesis that replaces an entire arch of teeth. The stability and support that the implants provide make it easier to eat and speak, as the prosthesis will not be moving around in your mouth. The implants also help to prevent bone loss, which is an important factor in retaining the shape of your face as you age (as supposed to getting a “sunken in” facial appearance).
Dr. Feldman provides several options for implant-supported prostheses that replace an entire arch of teeth:
Implant-supported dental bridge(s)
Dr. Feldman can use a series of implant-supported dental bridges to replace all teeth in an entire arch, or—for the upper arch only—he can even create a single bridge that replaces the entire arch.
Dental bridges are made of very high-quality porcelain that is even more durable and more lifelike than the materials used for dentures, and they are recommended by Dr. Feldman as the preferred option for replacing for multiple teeth if you are a candidate for them. Implant-supported dental bridges also provide very good chewing and biting power—nearly the same as that of natural teeth.
Bone grafting may be required to provide enough bone for the implant-supported bridges to be stably anchored.
SmartFix® implant-supported dentures for stable, natural-looking teeth in one day
Dr. Feldman utilizes breakthrough technology in implant-supported dentures to provide his patients with a full, stable set of teeth in one day, usually without the need for bone grafting. Dr. Feldman can place specially designed implants (usually six implants on the upper arch and four on the lower) to support a high-quality full denture using the SmartFix implant system. Because specific implants in this system are placed at an angle, Dr. Feldman is able avoid areas of the jaw where the bone is usually thin and take advantage of areas where there is ample bone in most patients.
Your final, permanent set of new teeth are fixed to the dental implants and can only be removed by the dentist (if needed). This system provides about 90% of the strength and chewing power of natural teeth, and you denture will not loosen or slip. You will be able to eat whatever you want.
Implant-Supported Removable Dentures
Dr. Feldman can place implants to support new dentures that are held in place using special attachments that allow the dentures to be snapped into place and removed at will by the patient (such as for cleaning). Dr. Feldman offers several types of implant-supported removable dentures. He will go over the advantages of each type with you, and he will assess the number of implants that are needed to ensure a stable fit.
While the denture is snapped in, the implants hold it stably in place and prevent it from moving around in your mouth. The biting and chewing power provided by implant-supported removable dentures is about 60% of that of natural teeth. Just like with other implant-supported prostheses, the implants help to prevent bone loss in the jaw.
When it comes to a brand-new set of teeth, this kind of implant denture is the most economical implant replacement solution for an entire arch.
Retro-fitting your current dentures with Implants
If you are currently wearing dentures, Dr. Feldman is often able use implants to stabilize them. He will retrofit your existing dentures with attachments that snap onto the implants, essentially turning your dentures into implant-supported removable dentures. You will be able to remove your dentures at any time, like you are used to. When the dentures are snapped in, the implants will provide added support so your dentures are more stable when you eat and talk. Dr. Feldman can take a look at your existing dentures and let you know if this would be an option for you.
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