Restoring Dental Implants
Dental implants are widely recognized as the best method to replace missing teeth. Once dental implants are placed in the jaw, they will integrate with your bone over time, serving the role of natural tooth roots. Unlike traditional restorative techniques, this allows implants to maintain your jaw strength and oral health by guarding against the resorption process that occurs after tooth loss. Dr. John F. Rink has years of experience improving the look and function of patients' bites with a range of implant-supported restorations, including dentures, crowns, and bridges. By restoring dental implants at our Charleston, SC, practice we can provide unmatched strength and stability to your smile. To learn more about the restoration process, contact our friendly staff and schedule an appointment today.
Preparing for Your Restoration
The first step in your implant treatment will consist of a minor surgery. Your surgeon will embed one or more titanium posts in the jaw, which will fuse with the bone during a process known as osseointegration. This process will typically take between four to six months.
Attaching Your Abutment
Once your implants are fully integrated in the jaw, we can place your abutment. The abutment will rest above the gum line, acting as a connector between the implant post and your restoration. During this step of the treatment process, your doctor will make a small incision to access the top of your implant before placing the abutment. Once the area heals, the abutment will provide an extremely solid base for your restoration.
The Restoration Process
Dr. Rink can restore dental implants using several types of restorations, each offering its own unique benefits. Depending on your condition and treatment goals, he may recommend:
- Dental Crowns: Implant-supported crowns are attached directly to your abutment, ensuring the restoration remains firmly in place. Many of our patients prefer this option to a traditional bridge, which can also replace a single missing tooth.
- Dental Bridges: Traditional dental bridges are anchored by surrounding teeth. Securing your bridge with implants offers a durable foundation and negates the need to alter the adjacent teeth.
- Dentures: For patients who are missing a large number or all of their teeth, implant-supported dentures offer an unparalleled level of stability and comfort. Traditional dentures can often slip or fall out of place because they are secured with a temporary dental adhesive.
Once your customized crown, bridge, or denture has been received at our office, you will return for another appointment. Dr. Rink will attach your restoration to the abutment or abutments, checking for a precise and comfortable fit. He will check to make sure the restoration complements your natural bite pattern, making any fine adjustments if needed. Once it is secured in place, your implant-supported restoration will be immediately functional.
Schedule Your Visit
Dr. Rink and his compassionate staff value each patient as an individual. We will take the time to get to know you so we can best meet your unique needs and expectations. To learn how our implant-supported restorations can improve the strength and health of your smile, contact Dr. Rink's practice today.