Restorative Dental Treatments & Services
Implant Dentistry – Cosmetic Restorations For Missing Teeth
Are you missing a single tooth or multiple teeth? Do you dislike the inconvenience of a bridge or denture? If so, dental implants offer a functional and cosmetic solution that might be ideal for you. Implant deliver a sense of comfort and stability that conventional substitutes lack, so everything from speaking to eating becomes more natural.
Over a series of visits, Dr. Richard A. Racanelli will anchor titanium posts to your jaw, and then create custom, natural-looking porcelain reconstructions that will match the rest of your teeth. How natural? Dental implants are impossible to detect as manufactured, function as your original teeth, and allow you to live your life in comfort and convenience.
Dental implants aren't the correct choice for everyone, however. Successful candidates require healthy gums and enough bone to support the implant. If you're interested in discovering if you're a good candidate for dental implants, simply schedule a consultation with Dr. Racanelli, and he will explain what options are available for you.
There are different types of dentures, but they share their common function. They replace teeth that have become loose or been lost due to bone loss. When bone loss around the roots of teeth is great enough to loosen them or let them fall out, it's time for dentures. Relax. No one enjoys losing their natural teeth, but you can still eat and talk regularly.
The entire mouth is examined and a determination is made as to which teeth will have to be removed, and which will remain. The loose teeth are then extracted. Dentures are fitted to go over or around whatever teeth remain in the mouth, depending on the type. There is an adjustment period after dentures are placed in the mouth, and it can take some getting used to. But once accustomed to the dentures, all the normal functionality and appearance return and one just carries on as usual. Often implants can used to further stabilize the dentures.
Full Mouth Rehabilitation
Only after your consultation with Dr. Richard A. Racanelli, can he determine what procedures are needed for your specific case for full mouth restoration. There may be other treatments available, so ask Dr. Racanelli about all possible procedures that might be required for your case and under what circumstances.
Most full mouth reconstructions involve multiple phases and office visits. It is not unreasonable to expect treatment to take 12 months or more, depending on your situation. The following procedures may be involved, depending on your needs:
- Prophylactic teeth cleaning and periodontal.
- Crown lengthening to expose healthy, sound tooth structure for possible crowns or bridges.
- Orthognathic surgery to reposition the jaw.
- Contouring of the gum tissue to create balance and harmony in your smile.
- Preparation (reduction) of your natural tooth structure so crowns, bridges or veneers can be placed.
- Placement of temporary restorations so you can become accustomed to your new teeth and the feel of your new mouth or bite alignment.
- Placement of permanent restorations, such as crowns, veneers, inlays/onlays or bridges, made from ceramic, ceramic supported by metal or a combination of both.
- Orthodontics (braces) in order to move your teeth into the optimal position for reconstruction.
- Implant placement and restoration to replace missing teeth and/or anchor bridge restorations.
- Bone or soft tissue grafting to enhance the stability of your teeth, proposed implants and/or other restorations.
An implant overdenture fits over your own remaining natural teeth roots or dental implants that have been installed by your oral surgeon or other dental specialist. The retained root or implant provides you with excellent stability and support for your denture implants.
Unlike traditional dentures, root-supported or implant-supported overdentures or implant dentures are held in place by dental attachments which provide the retentive strength that you desire. An attachment retained implant overdenture will provide maximum retention, increase in function, and added health benefits. Implant overdenture attachments are composed of two working components; the root post which is cemented into your root or an implant abutment that is threaded into your implant, and the denture cap which is retained in the underside of your denture.
The most important consideration in your decision to choose an implant overdenture or denture implant is the limited retention and stability of a traditional denture, which relies on suction alone. Over time, retention only worsens due to continual bone loss (atrophy) of your dental arches from the lack of teeth. When a tooth loses bone support through the years, its root can be saved and used to anchor an implant overdenture. The significant concerns regarding function, retention, stability, mastication (chewing), and speaking can be overcome by maintaining the level of bone present in the upper jaw (maxilla) and lower jaw (mandible). These issues can be successfully accomplished by keeping your own roots, or if you are edentulous (without teeth) having dental implants placed by your oral surgeon may be an option.