Implant Dentistry

Dr. Welsh is able to provide long-term replacements for missing teeth.

Dental implants replace the roots of a missing tooth, or teeth. A titanium post is surgically placed in the jawbone of the patient to anchor a replacement tooth, crown, or fixed bridge. Titanium is proven to have a high success rate and to last for an extremely long period of time.

Implant dentistry has many advantages, including:

  • Natural appearance. Rooted like a natural tooth, dental implants provide a natural looking smile.
  • Natural function. Unlike a denture or other replacement option, implants mimic the natural way that a tooth feels, fits, and functions.
  • Durability. Built to last, implants are considered a long-term solution. With proper care, implants are capable of lasting a lifetime.
  • Facial Structure. Missing teeth can cause a patient’s face to appear sunken. Implants allow patients to maintain the natural shape of their teeth.
  • Secure. Unlike dentures, implants remain completely stable throughout their lifetime. No shifting or slipping means that our patients can smile and talk comfortably.

Full Arch Replacement

Dr. Welsh offers full arch replacements to permanently fix a full row of missing teeth.

If you are missing an entire row of teeth, you do not have to settle for dentures. Dr. Welsh recommends full arch replacements to provide a natural, long-term solution as opposed to the temporary solution provided by dentures. A full arch replacement is a combination of dental implants, a fixed bridge, and dental crowns.

Full arch replacements:

  • Are fixed, non-removable solutions to missing teeth
  • Allow patients to eat and talk as if they have natural teeth
  • Preserve facial shape and appearance
  • Prevent bone loss or deterioration

If you are missing teeth, or are unhappy with your dentures, our staff is happy to answer your questions and talk through the procedure.

Treatment

The treatment procedure and number of visits is largely dependent on specific conditions, such as bone loss. However, 8-10 visits should be enough to have a fixed bridge or denture installed.

Most patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated. See example of work Dr. Welsh conducted below:

This is an example of teeth on a conventional denture not in proper position due to bone loss under lower denture. (Note: upper teeth are set too far from nose to make up for too little lower teeth height.)

This is an example of a corrected upper denture. However, lower deformity remains due to improper lower denture height as patient cannot use lower denture with proper upper denture. (Note: "witch's chin" as a result of not enough lower lip support from teeth.

Six implants support the bar. This elevates teeth off of gum tissue so teeth are fully supported by bone, just like natural teeth.

With this lower denture, teeth are able to be supported and fixed to their natural position.

Patient now has fully supported lower denture. She can eat, smile and talk with confidence now that her teeth are in her natural position. (Note: patient now has fully supported upper and lower lips and no "witch's chin".)

With dental implants, your teeth will feel as if you have your natural teeth. They will look natural, both for you and others. People who have had traditional dentures before getting a fixed bridge often describe this as an overwhelming and very positive experience. Please contact our office if you have any questions or want to schedule a consultation with Dr. Welsh to find out the options available to you.

Multiple Tooth Replacement

If you are in need of replacing multiple teeth, Dr. Welsh would love to restore your smile!

We see patients who have several teeth in need of replacement. There are many reasons for teeth to be replaced, including:

  • Deterioration due to decay
  • Infection due to disease or bacteria
  • Trauma resulting in significantly broken teeth

We also work to place replacement teeth for teeth that have already been lost. Dr. Welsh offers arch replacements, fixed bridges and crowns for patients who are missing several teeth. Replacing missing teeth ensures that remaining teeth do not shift and that the gums do not become infected, inflamed or diseased.

Single Tooth Replacement

We often see patients who are in need of a single tooth replacement. Dr. Welsh works with each patient to present different replacement options,and determine the most appropriate course of treatment.

A single tooth replacement involves the surgical placement of a dental implant, with a ceramic crown placed to mirror the natural color of your surrounding teeth. This results in a secure and durable replacement.

Common reasons for single tooth replacements include:

  • Trauma resulting from an accident
  • Missing tooth resulting from a sports-inflicted injury
  • Deterioration due to decay
  • Infection due to bacteria or disease