Grand Island Implant Dentist
Traditionally, tooth replacement options only restored the parts of teeth visible when patients smile, but that is no longer the only option patients have. Dental implants are titanium posts inserted below the gum line that mimic the natural form and function of tooth roots making implant supported tooth replacement look and feel more natural compared with traditional replacement methods like crown and bridge or dentures. At Stec Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we’re happy to offer the full implant process in one office. Some general dentists refer patients out for the placement of dental implants, but Dr. CJ Stec has the training and experience to precisely and successfully place and restore dental implants. Dental implants are also the most versatile tooth replacement option allowing us to restore a single tooth or a full arch of teeth. Our Grand Island, NE practice welcomes patients with one or more missing teeth from nearby St. Paul and other surrounding communities to contact us to schedule a dental implant consultation today.
Regardless of the number of implants patients need to support their specific prosthetic, the surgical procedure itself is the same. We make a small incision in the gum line and insert the titanium post. Following the implantation procedure, patients should expect to spend three to six months healing and undergoing a process known as osseointegration where the supportive alveolar bone and gum tissue attach to the implant mimicking natural root systems. Once this process is completed, an abutment attached to the post connects a replacement tooth or teeth to the implant.
Implant-Retained Crowns & Bridges
Implant-retained dental crowns are used to replace single missing teeth while an implant bridge is used to restore multiple missing teeth in a row. Typically, up to four consecutive missing teeth can be replaced with two implants supporting either end of the bridge.
Those patients with more extensive tooth loss may benefit from one of the implant-retained prosthetics we offer including:
- Partial dentures – looking very similar to traditional partials, this prosthetic is used to fill the gaps in patients’ smiles replacing any number of nonconsecutive missing teeth, but rather than clipping to surrounding teeth for support, the implant partial is attached to strategically positioned implants for support.
- Full dentures – similar in appearance to traditional dentures with a slightly smaller base, full dentures restore an entire arch of missing teeth attaching to between 4 and 6 implant posts.
- Full arch fixed bridges – in some cases, patients achieve an even more natural looking result by replacing a full arch of teeth with a series of fixed bridges without the synthetic gum tissue between the restoration and the implant.
As the name suggests, mini implants are smaller versions of the traditional titanium posts. These implants are ideal for patients with naturally smaller teeth, those who need to replace just the front teeth, and patients who have diminished jawbone density diminishing patients’ chances of successful traditional implant placement.