Well Experienced in all Areas of Modern Dentistry
We are delighted to present different options to replace missing teeth by our well trained and experienced providers.
Although associated with a surgical procedure to insert small titanium fixtures into the jaw bone, dental implants are considered a very conservative option to replace missing teeth. Since the implant is supported directly by the bone, the method will not affect other teeth as compared to other replacement options.
In order to replace missing teeth by implants, one or two surgery is required to secure a small screw shaped titanium fixture into the jaw bone. Following the surgical phase, depending on conditions, immediately or after a certain healing time a crown will be attached to the fully bone supported implant. Individual biologic conditions are the main indicators to determine the healing time.
At our office we perform all stages of implant placement and restoration to assure the high quality of final result using only the very well researched and evidenced international implant systems. With our state of the art equipment at the office, selection of only reliable systems, prosthodontic training of our providers, and our talented dental laboratory partners our patients only expect the best outcome.
If you are self-conscious because you have missing teeth, wear dentures that are
uncomfortable or don't want to have good tooth structure removed to make a bridge,
talk to your dentist to see if dental implants are an option for you.
Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and are
designed to blend in with your other teeth. They are an excellent long-term option for
restoring your smile. In fact, the development and use of implants is one of the
biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years. Dental implants are made up of
titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. They are
posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a
sturdy anchor for replacement teeth.
Most patients find that a dental implant is secure, stable and a good
replacement for their own tooth. There are generally three phases to getting an
• First, the dentist surgically places the implant into the jawbone. Your dentist
may recommend a diet of soft foods, cold foods and warm soup during the
• Next, the bone around the implant heals in a process called osseointegration.
What makes an implant so strong is that the bone actually grows around it
and holds it in place. Osseointegration means “combines with the bone” and
takes time. Some patients might need to wait until the implant is completely
integrated, up to several months, before replacement teeth can be attached
to the implant. Other patients can have the implants and replacement teeth
placed all in one visit.
• Finally, it’s time for the placement of the artificial tooth/teeth. For a single
tooth implant, your dentist will customize a new tooth for you, called a dental
crown. The crown will be based on size, shape, color and fit, and will be
designed to blend in with your other teeth. If you are replacing more than a
single tooth, custom-made bridges or dentures will be made to fit your mouth
and your implants. (Note: The replacement teeth usually take some time to
make. In the meantime, your dentist may give you a temporary crown, bridge
or denture to help you eat and speak normally until the permanent
replacement is ready.)
If you are interested in dental implants, it's a good idea to discuss it carefully with
your dentist first. If you are in good general health this treatment may be an option for
you. In fact, your health is more of a factor than your age. You may be medically
evaluated by a physician before any implant surgery is scheduled.
Chronic illnesses, such as diabetes or leukemia, may interfere with healing after
surgery. Patients with these issues may not be good candidates for implants. Using
tobacco can also slow healing.
Dental bridges are an alternative convenient option to replace one or more missing teeth, To fabricate a bridge, the teeth on both sides of the existing space are used to attach the bridge to restore functionality and esthetics. Materials used for this process are noble alloys, porcelain or a combination of porcelain and noble metal. A bridge consists of two different main structures, retaining structure which covers the teeth adjacent to the missing area, and replacing structure which is a tooth shaped piece that provides esthetics and function of the missing teeth. A dental bridge is a collaborative work between a prosthodontist and a prosthodontic dental laboratory.
At Laird Dental Associates we proudly use the highest quality noble metals and dental porcelains fabricated by top of the line laboratory equipment and handcrafted by artistic dental technologists.
Dentures are economic alternatives to dental implants or sometimes dental bridges, which based on individual circumstances, could be designed differently. They can replace from only one tooth to complete dentition (complete dentures).
In some cases dentures are the only option, but there are very few instances that we can not use the help of dental implants to hold dentures in place securely. With the new trend of using smaller size titanium implants in prosthodontic dentistry, almost every denture can be used more efficiently when retained by mini dental implants inserted into the jaw bone in a one hour procedure.