Dental Implant Technology
Dental implants consist of two parts:
- The implant itself, which is surgical; an oral surgeon places an implant into the jaw to replace the tooth root.
- The crown part, which is restorative, the part that you can see; this is Dr. George’s expertise. Dr. George works with only the crown portion of the dental implants. Dental implant crowns, if not done properly, can be difficult to match to your natural teeth nearby or may not function properly. It is no longer a living breathing tooth, and Dr. George has systems to make this process efficient with the most natural bite and beautiful cosmetic result.
Replacement Teeth for All Patient Types:
Thanks to continuing research and development in the field of dental implants, procedures and techniques have made tooth replacement possible for every patient, no matter how many missing teeth they have. The most common tooth replacement procedures include:
- Single implant with dental crown. This straightforward procedure is ideal for patients with only a single missing tooth. A surgically implanted titanium post that resembles a small screw supports a hand-crafted dental crown. Your crown or crowns will be custom-crafted to fit your implant and correlate with your surrounding teeth. In most circumstances, your tooth will be made of a durable, all porcelain material. Unlike many older crowns and even some still being made today, no metal will be detected in your smile.
- Implant supported bridges. While the prosthetic resembles a traditional three-part bridge, this procedure does not require the removal of healthy tooth structure from the teeth neighboring the missing one. Instead, surgical implants stabilize this prosthetic, which is ideal for patients missing two or three teeth in a row.
- Prettau® dental bridges. You may not have heard of the Prettau dental bridge, but it’s the next big thing in implant dentistry. Using 3-6 dental implant posts (depending on the needs of the patient), Dr. George secures an all-zirconia full arch dental prosthetic. Zirconia is a type of super-strong dental porcelain that does not chip or stain and resists plaque buildup better than acrylic.