Dental implant restorations allow for the patient to achieve highly functional results, made from the best quality porcelain material.
With over 50 years of clinical research and an overall success rate of 95%, dental implants are frequently the best treatment option for replacing missing teeth. Instead of resting on the gum-line like removable dentures, or using adjacent teeth as anchors like fixed bridges, dental implants are surgically placed in the jawbone by an oral surgeon or periodontist through a process called osseointegration. When properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.
The benefit of strength and predictability in implants are far superior to bridges and dentures, as these options can often be problematic. A removable denture or partial can complicate eating or speaking. Fixed bridges affect adjacent healthy teeth and are at risk for recurrent decay and bone loss. Furthermore, these options may result in bone loss in the area, which can lead to other dental problems in the future. Dental implants, however, actually aid eating and speaking, and are not at risk for decay.
A dental implant is composed of three parts: the titanium implant that fuses with the jawbone; the abutment, which fits over the portion of the implant protruding from the gum line; and the crown, which is created by Dr. Seay. The design of the crown is similar to standard porcelain crown procedure; however, it is fitted onto the abutment for a natural appearance. As with standard crowns, quality material is paramount. Dental implants combine the best of modern science and technology, including a team approach between the patient; the restorative dentist (Dr. Seay), who makes the crown for the implant; and the oral surgeon or periodontist, who surgically places the implant. All members of the implant team maintain close communication to ensure the implant’s success.