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Replace Missing or Decayed Teeth With Dental Implants

Need a Dental Implant? Visit Gaitros Dental Today!

When you have a missing tooth or a tooth is decayed beyond saving, you can opt for a dental implant. Call Gaitros Dental and schedule an appointment to get your implant.

Dental implants can be placed in the upper and lower jaw. Once placed in the jaw, the implant acts as an artificial root in which a crown or denture can be attached to.

Three Major Parts of a Dental Implant

A dental implant has 3 parts - implant, abutment, and crown.
  • Implant
    A small titanium screw is inserted into your jawbone. Titanium is a metal accepted by the body and heals together with the bone tissue to form a new, stable tooth root.
  • Abutment
    An abutment is a ceramic or titanium component that ensures a secure fit between the dental implant and the crown.
  • Crown
    Once the dental implant and the abutment are in place, we fit the crown, the bridge, or the prosthesis.
Replace one tooth

Procedure to Replace One Tooth

A crown mounted on a dental implant is the best choice if you have a tooth missing in the upper or lower jaw.
  • Step 1: The need to replace a missing tooth could be the result of an accident or because there was no predisposition for a tooth at birth.
  • Step 2: The dental implant is installed in the jawbone. No healthy teeth are affected or damaged. With other replacement solutions, adjacent teeth might need to be ground down to support a bridge.
  • Step 3: The abutment is attached to the dental implant. A crown is then placed on the abutment, fitting perfectly at the edge of the gum.
  • Step 4: The new tooth is now complete and it is virtually impossible to see the difference between the existing teeth and the new tooth.
Replace several teeth

Procedure to Replace Several Teeth

If you have lost several teeth, there are two solutions: separate crowns on dental implants or a bridge attached to several dental implants.
  • Step 1: Some people loose teeth in the back of the mouth. This is typically caused by gum infection (periodontitis) or by teeth cracking due to previous fillings.
  • Step 2: Two to four dental implants are installed for a dental implant bridge. This solution does not affect your own teeth. The bridge will function for many years, regardless of the condition of your existing teeth.
  • Step 3: Abutments are attached to the dental implants. The next step is to fit a bridge; the new set of teeth is placed on the abutments.
  • Step 4: The dental implant bridge is now in place and can withstand the strong chewing forces that occur in the back of the mouth. It feels and functions like natural teeth.

Procedure to Replace All Your Teeth 

If all of your teeth are missing in the upper or lower jaw, dental implants are the best solution. You can choose a full bridge that is attached to several dental implants. 

Another option is a removable prosthesis that is attached via anchoring devices to two or more dental implants. The prosthesis remains securely in place in your mouth – yet it is easy to remove.
  • Step 1: If you have lost all of your teeth in one or both of your jaws and require the most natural-looking solution, the permanently anchored dental implant bridge on several dental implants is the answer when the prerequisites are met.
  • Step 2: For a permanently anchored dental implant bridge, several dental implants are installed to form a good foundation. Because the dental implants are anchored in the jawbone, they stimulate the bone tissue and help maintain healthy bone levels and facial structures.
  • Step 3: The abutments are attached to the dental implants and the bridge is fitted in place. All dental work is performed according to your prerequisites and wishes.
  • Step 4: The dental implant bridge is now in place. It looks and functions like normal teeth. You can now eat whatever you like and laugh without having to worry about the prosthesis falling out.
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Why Choose Gaitros Dental?

  • Full-service dental center
  • Most insurance accepted
  • Accepting new patients
  • Payment plans available
  • Walk-ins welcome
  • Emergency care available
"Every visit, I'm treated with a smile, from the front desk through my whole dental visit process!"
- Mrs. J Krall
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