At VCCID we understand that every patient’s needs are unique. Therefore, we offer you a variety of dental implant options to suit your smile and your lifestyle.
Implants to Secure Your Dentures
For those patients who are happy with their dentures but seek to secure the ‘loose feeling’ they have in their mouth, we can use two or three implants with attachments to keep a denture in place and support chewing forces. The denture itself would sit on the gum tissue for support of the chewing forces, however, it would be secure and not fall out as the implants and attachments would hold it in place.
If a patient requires further support, Dr. Balogh can incorporate additional implants splinted with a non-removable gold bar. A smaller, removable “denture” is made to snap into place overtop of the bar. This technique creates a solid, stable and comfortable set of teeth that won’t shift while eating or talking but can be removed for easy cleaning.
|Fixed bar with 4-5 implants allows a lower denture to “snap” into place||Underside of lower denture showing clips/attachments||Final smile|
Implants to Support Crowns and Bridges
For patients who need single crowns or bridges, we can use implants as abutments or supports. These teeth are permanently cemented or placed and are the closest you can get to having real teeth again. In some cases these implants and crowns can be made to look exactly like a natural tooth. Of course, this is dependent on how much gum and bone atrophy has taken place prior to placing the implant – the majority of atrophy occurs within the first six months of a tooth extraction. For those patients considering an implant to replace a tooth, for the best chance at success, we recommend not extracting the tooth until the area has been assessed and a final treatment plan determined.
|Failing upper crowns and teeth due to gum disease. Teeth required extraction.||Before treatment||16 upper and lower implants required bone grafting-permanent crowns and bridges attached to the implants|
Single Appointment Implants and Teeth
Usually, a patient’s implants are placed during a first appointment and the final crowns or overdentures are not placed until four to six months later, once the implants have become rigid. Under certain circumstances it is possible to complete the procedure in one appointment, saving the patient from having to wait to place a tooth in the area.
When you come in for an assessment, Dr. Balogh and the VCCID team will determine whether you are a candidate for a single appointment procedure.
|Failing upper left central incisor had to be extracted||Immediately after tooth extraction implant placed with temporary crown||Four days after implant and temporary crown was placed|