Dental Implant Restoration Options By Dr. Collier on March 01, 2013

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When you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, a great option to consider for effective dental treatment is dental implants. Yet many people are not quite sure what dental implants are or how they work.

We'd like to take a moment right now to look at dental implants and the the different kinds of dental restorations that they can be used to support. We'll just cover basics for now, but if you have any additional questions or concerns, do not hesitate to get in touch with our Memphis cosmetic dentistry team. We'd be more than happy to address these issues in greater detail.

About Dental Implants

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically anchored into the patient's jawbone and gum tissue. Once in the place, the dental implants will be able to securely support various kinds of dental restorations to fill the tooth gaps. The best restoration to use will be determined by our cosmetic dentists serving Memphis.

Best Candidates for Dental Implants

The best candidates for dental implants are people with sufficient bone density and gum density to support the implant post. It's important that the dental implant become integrated with the other structures of the mouth, and this can only occur if there is enough healthy bone and gum tissue in place already. Sometimes gum grafting and bone grafting procedures can be considered for non-candidates.

Let's now look at the different dental restorations that dental implants can support.

Dental Crowns and Dental Implants

When a patient is missing one tooth or a few individual teeth, Memphis dental implants are used to support individual dental crowns. The crowns are custom crafted to meet the needs of the patient and to complement the adjacent natural teeth in contour and in color.

Dental Bridges and Dental Implants

When a patient is missing a few teeth in a row, individual dental crowns are not necessarily the best option. In these matters, a dental bridge is the best dental restoration. The dental bridge will span the gap left behind by missing teeth, and will usually require two or more dental implants to hold securely in place.

Full and Partial Dentures and Dental Implants

For patients who are missing many teeth in a row, dental bridges are no longer effective given the extent of the tooth loss. In these cases, the best option for care is the use of partial or full dentures. The dentures will require multiple dental implants to secure given the size of the restoration and what will be required to maintain a strong hold.

Weighing All of Your Restoration Options

When it comes to effective restorative dentistry, we cannot approach your dental care needs with a one-size-fits-all agenda. We will be sure to carefully analyze your tooth loss and devise the most effective treatment plan possible based on your dental health. We'll also give you all the information that you need to make a final decision with absolute confidence.

Learn More About Advanced Implant Dentistry Options

If you would like more information about dental implants and your many different options for addressing various dental health problems, be sure to contact our Cordova cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best looking smiles and the best possible dental health.


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The team at ​Southern Dental Implant Center

​Southern Dental Implant Center

Dr. Jason Collier, our board-certified dentist at ​Southern Dental Implant Center, provides patients in Memphis and the Mid-South area with state-of-the-art dental care using advanced technology. Our doctors are affiliated with many prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • Tennessee Dental Association
  • Christian Medical & Dental Associations
  • Memphis Dental Society

To learn more about our practice or to schedule an appointment at our Cordova, TN, dental office, contact us online or call (901) 756-0078.

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I have been a patient of Dr. Jason Collier's for many years and have always been treated with the utmost respect and professionalism. His staff is the friendliest dental staff I have ever encountered and I highly recommend this office for any dental needs! Kathleen M.

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