A dental implant creates a stable base for replacement teeth, but it needs to hold something in place in order to provide functionality. At Smile Builder Dentures, we offer a variety of dental implant restorations in Merrillville, IN including partials, crowns, and implant-supported dentures.
When there are missing teeth, but some natural teeth still remain, partial dentures are a good option. They do not require dental implants to stay in place; they connect to the natural teeth via clasps or connectors. However, dental implants can offer a more secure fit.
An alternative to dental bridges, these are single-tooth implants that are more stable and do not rely on the natural teeth. Once a dental implant is in place, an abutment, which can be made of titanium, gold, or porcelain, is attached to it with a screw. This acts as a connector between the implant and the crown itself; it is shaped like a natural tooth that has been prepared (shaved down) to receive a crown. The restoration (the crown itself) is then screwed or cemented onto the abutment. It can be made of porcelain fused to a metal alloy, all metal, or all porcelain.
Like partial dentures, complete dentures can stay in the mouth without dental implants, resting on the gums. But if a more stable tooth replacement is wanted, dentures can be fitted onto dental implants. Implant-supported dentures are usually made for the lower jaw because those require more stability; upper dentures are usually fairly stable on their own and do not need the extra support of implants. However, implant-supported dentures can be made for both the upper and lower jaw. They snap into place via special attachments and are removable for daily cleaning.
If you need dental implant restorations in Merrillville, IN, we’re your best choice. Book an appointment with our dentists in Merrillville, IN now!