Memphis, TN dentist Dr. Elizabeth Lee can restore a functional, stable and lasting smile with dental implants. We offer single tooth, multiple teeth and implant secured dentures, also known as “all-on-four”.
Parts of the Dental Implant
A dental implant consists of a tiny, titanium post which is implanted into the jaw bone, the abutment, and the prosthetic tooth. The post supports the prosthetic tooth and acts as a tooth root, stimulating healthy bone growth which reduces the risk of jaw shrinkage- a common side effect of untreated tooth loss.
Implant post – This is the bottom part of the dental implant that is surgically imbedded into your jaw bone, below the gum line. It is cylinder shaped and resembles a screw. It’s made up of bio-compatible titanium that will eventually fuse to the jaw bone creating a permanent and secure bond. This titanium post will act as the tooth root. Dr. Lee can typically complete ALL phases of your dental implant procedure in the comfort of our Memphis, TN dentist office. For more complex cases, she will coordinate the surgical phase of your procedure with a local oral surgeon who will perform the implantation of the post
Abutment – This is a small part that connects to the implant post. Dr. Lee will connect the abutment to the implant post after it has fully fused to the bone. It usually takes around 3-6 months for it to fuse. The abutment will screw right on to the implant post and will sit right at the gum line. This part will support the dental prosthesis.
Prosthetic tooth – The prosthetic tooth can be a dental crown for a single missing tooth. The dental crown is typically cemented or screwed on to the abutment. A dental bridge or denture will be used for multiple missing teeth. They can be secured to the abutment by simply snapping them in to place. The prosthetic tooth is the part that will look like a tooth (teeth) and will be color matched to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth.
Types of Dental Implants
The type of dental implant you receive will depend on the number and location of your missing teeth as well as your overall oral health. Memphis, TN dentist, Dr. Lee, provides comprehensive dental exams and personalized treatment plans for each patient-tailored to their unique cosmetic goals, dental health concerns, and budget.
Single Tooth Dental Implant– Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth. Dr. Lee will place the implant post in the root canal. Once healed, the abutment will be attached, and a dental crown will be used to complete the restoration.
Dental Implant Secured Bridge– A dental bridge is often used to replace several consecutively missing teeth. Traditionally secured using prepared adjacent teeth; Dr. Lee usually recommends securing dental bridges with dental implants. Implants provide more structural support for the jaw and bite and need less maintenance.
Dental Implant Secured Denture (All-On-Four) – Many patients struggle with ill fitted dentures. Dentures are prone to slipping or falling out, causing embarrassment for patients. Dr. Lee will strategically place as few as four dental implants at attach the denture to which will maintain healthy jaw bone structure and secure a hybrid denture. Dental implant secured dentures allow patients to enjoy a diet without restriction and can help patients feel more confident in their smile.