Immediate Tooth Replacement


Immediate Tooth Replacement

As we age, our teeth become more brittle. As a result, fracture lines can form and teeth can break, frequently at the gum line. This process is accelerated if you have had a root canal or your teeth have been veneered or crowned. If this happens, many times it is not possible to save the tooth.

As improbable as it sounds, it is sometimes possible to remove a single tooth, place a dental implant and within 2 days, have a natural appearing tooth attached to the implant. This is possible because of improved implant materials and design and our expanding knowledge of the biology of bone healing and implant integration.

What this means for you is that should you have the unsettling experience of breaking a front tooth, if everything goes as expected, you can have a replacement tooth that is both fixed and very aesthetic. This avoids the need for wearing a removable tooth replacement appliance that can be uncomfortable and negatively impact the long-term result.

Even though the tooth replacement can look much like the natural tooth it replaced, it is not ready to function like a normal tooth. It takes 2-4 months for the implant to integrated with the bone before you can use it normally. During that time, you will have to chew carefully and avoid biting in the area of the tooth.

If you find yourself breaking a tooth and don’t know what to do next, contact your dentist or give us a call and we can quickly determine if you are a good candidate for immediate tooth replacement.

Replacing Teeth In The Upper Jaw With Zygoma Implants

Zygoma Tooth Implant Before Photo Phoenix Scottsdale AZ Guyette Oral Surgery

Replacing Teeth in the Upper Jaw with Zygoma Implants

There are some patients who have had the unfortunate experience of losing some or all of their upper teeth.  Initially, the missing teeth can be replaced with bridges or a removable denture. This solution may work for a while but over time, bone loss occurs as a result of tooth loss. In cases where only a few teeth are missing and there is still sufficient bone, conventional dental implants work well to support new teeth.

The upper jaw, however, is different from the lower in that the bone is not as strong. There are also hollow sinuses in the back part of the upper jaw that slowly enlarge over time when upper back teeth are removed. When bone loss is severe, there may be insufficient bone to place standard dental implants. This is where Zygoma Implants can make all the difference.

Zygoma Implants are much longer than standard implants and are specifically designed to engage the cheek bone (Zygoma) from inside your mouth. The cheekbone is much stronger than the bone of the upper jaw (Maxilla) and is able to support upper fixed teeth. This can seem like a miracle for those patients who have been struggling with a loose, ill-fitting upper denture which is the result of severe bone loss.

Zygoma Implants have been thoroughly studied and have been found to be successful in the vast majority of cases. If you have been told that you are ‘not a candidate’ for implants in the upper jaw because of lack of sufficient bone, Zygoma Implants may be right for you. If you would like to find out more, please contact our office to schedule a complementary consultation.