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Periodontics & Implant Dentistry

Daniel S. Lauer, DMDBoard Certified Periodontist

Dental Implants for Single Tooth and Denture Replacement

Many people can replace a single tooth or partial/full sets of dentures with dental implants, an exceptional alternative that provides more precise and more natural-looking results. Dr. Daniel Lauer is a board certified specialist in periodontics and implantology, and can help you replace missing teeth with advanced dental implants that will not move along the gums or require any extra daily maintenance other than standard brushing and flossing. Dr. Lauer has completed years of advanced training in these procedures, giving him the enhanced skills and experience necessary to provide the best possible outcomes. With dental implants, you can replace missing teeth without the negative effects associated with other teeth replacement treatments.

Single Tooth Replacement

Replacing a single tooth with a dental implant creates the most natural look and feel possible. Although there are different options available, depending on the specifics of your case, a dental implant can be put in place of a missing or severely damaged tooth along with its root for a replacement that functions just like the healthy tooth that was once there. To replace a single tooth, Dr. Lauer will first implant the titanium post into the jawbone. As this gradually fuses to your bone over a few months, it becomes a solid foundation for the restoration. Once your implant is securely a part of your mouth, a permanent dental crown will be attached to the post by your general dentist.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

If you are interested in receiving a single dental implant, Dr. Lauer can meet with you for an initial consultation and oral evaluation. During this visit, he is able to determine whether single tooth replacement with a dental implant is a good option for your needs. In general, the best candidates for dental implants are those who are seeking a permanent replacement for a missing or severely damaged tooth, due to gum disease, injury, or another factor. It is also important for you to have sufficient jawbone density to accommodate the post as it begins to fuse with the bone to become a secure base for the artificial tooth. If you do not, Dr. Lauer may recommend bone grafting to improve your candidacy for dental implants.

Why should I get a single tooth implant vs. a bridge?

A dental implant to replace a single missing tooth holds a number of advantages over options such as dental bridges. In addition to acting as a natural tooth, a dental implant will not affect the health and structure of surrounding teeth and gums, and it will not require the grinding down of adjacent teeth. A dental implant can also better preserve bone, and it ultimately becomes a permanent part of your mouth, just like a natural tooth. Dental implants decrease the potential for receding gums around the new tooth; they are easier to keep clean; and they are more aesthetically pleasing than other treatment options.

Denture Replacement

In the past, dentures were typically used to replace multiple missing teeth. With the many advancements in periodontics, however, more and more people are experiencing the life-changing solution of dental implants used to support full or partial dentures. Dr. Lauer routinely helps patients through denture replacement to create a more secure, convenient teeth replacement. By attaching dentures to strategically placed dental implants, you can avoid the many downfalls that come with removable dentures. Ultimately, denture replacement with dental implants can help you talk, eat, and laugh without the worry of your dentures moving or clicking inside your mouth. Dr. Lauer will be happy to meet with you to determine if you are a candidate for denture replacement with dental implants.

Why should I get a fixed implant denture vs. a removable denture?

Dental implants to replace a single denture or a full set of dentures can be an incredible improvement for the function and appearance of your teeth. While traditional dentures can be very helpful as a missing teeth replacement option, the fact is that there are often significant drawbacks to wearing them. Dentures can be ill-fitting along the gums, ultimately causing irritation and redness. They also require adhesives for stabilization, which can be messy and uncomfortable, and they have a habit of moving inside the mouth, resulting in what can be an embarrassing clicking sound. Dr. Lauer can provide dental implants to resolve all of these issues, adding strength, stabilization, and a more natural-looking replacement for missing teeth. The artificial roots of dental implants also help to preserve bone and gum tissue that can be worn away by dentures, benefitting your oral health and facial structure.

What is guided dental implant placement for fixed dentures?

For the best dental implant results, Dr. Lauer utilizes a surgical guide to place your implants with the utmost accuracy. This entails using advanced imaging technology to precisely measure the structures of your mouth—from your gums and teeth to your bone and nerves—and plan the exact location and angle of each implant. With this information, a guide is created, which is used during surgery for the implantation of each titanium post being used to support individual crowns or full or partial dentures. With the enhanced precision provided by the guide, Dr. Lauer can perform the surgery with more efficiency while also reducing your risk of potential post-operative complications. Overall, this provides a safer procedure with a more predictable outcome.

Contact Precision Periodontics & Implant Dentistry

If you would like to learn more about single tooth and denture replacement with dental implants, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lauer to talk about your needs, please contact Precision Periodontics & Implant Dentistry.

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