Do you ever hide your smile because of your missing teeth? Do they make you limit your food choices, or do they make speaking feel awkward? If you’re like most people dealing with this issue, the answer is probably “yes” to more than one of these questions. Dr. Thomas Novak and our team believe that everyone should have a complete smile they can be proud of, so for people with missing teeth, he can help them with dental implants.
Dental implants are the most state-of-the-art tooth replacement solution available today, and they offer the most benefits when it comes to security, longevity, and aesthetics when compared to any other treatment. If you’d like to learn about how Dr. Novak can use them to rebuild your smile for a lifetime, simply keep reading!
An implant is a special surgical grade titanium post that is used to replace the root of a missing tooth. In restorative procedures, one or more implant posts are inserted surgically into the jawbone below the gum surface. This requires oral surgery, but with today’s anesthetics and medications, this process is quicker and more comfortable than ever. Plus, unlike many other local dentists, Dr. Novak is able to handle this part of the procedure himself, saving you the hassle of having to go between two different offices.
Following your procedure, the post(s) will naturally bond with the bone in your jaw, forming a secure foundation onto which your new teeth will be attached and shaped to match your mouth. The number of teeth that need to be replaced will determine the best kind of restoration for you. Dental implants can help replace a single tooth, a few teeth in a row, and even a full set of teeth.
To replace a single missing tooth, Dr. Novak can use something called an implant-retained crown. For this, he’ll simply place an all-porcelain crown on top of a metal connector that is attached directly to the implant post. Thanks to dental porcelain, this new tooth will resemble a natural one in every possible way, including shape, size, color, strength, and even feel.
If you have a few teeth missing in a row, Dr. Novak can place implant-retained crowns on either side of the gap in your smile and attach them to prosthetic teeth that close the space, forming an implant-supported bridge.
If you’re dealing with an unreliable and uncomfortable denture, dental implants can help. Using just a few strategically placed posts, Dr. Novak can give you a partial or full denture that will:
This treatment is ideal for patients who do not have enough healthy jawbone to support traditional implant-retained dentures. With All-On-4 Dental Implants, Dr. Novak can give you a full implant-retained denture using as few as 4 implant posts. In fact, the implants and the denture can often be placed in just one day, meaning he can completely transform a person’s smile in a matter of hours. Usually, after a person has gotten All-On-4, their only regret is that they didn’t come to see Dr. Novak sooner!
If your smile is marred by missing teeth, we can help you! Thanks to dental implants, we can give you a lifelong solution (they can last for 30 years or more) that will see you smiling confidently for decades to come. If you’re ready to get rid of the gaps in your smile, please contact us today for a consultation.