Dental Implant in Santa Maria
Dental implants are an excellent way to permanently replace missing teeth. Dr. Riforgiate offers custom dental implant restorations at his Santa Maria dental practice.
Replace Missing Teeth Completely
Replacing missing teeth is essential in preserving oral health and quality of life. Missing teeth complicate normal function and can change eating habits and speaking patterns. It’s best to replace missing teeth quickly and completely. Dental implants are the most comprehensive tooth replacement option because they replace the tooth’s root as well as the visible crown. Dental implants can support a variety of restorations, including:
Single-unit crowns – to replace a single missing tooth. Replacing your single lost tooth will preserve alignment and keep your smile healthy and beautiful.
Implant-supported bridges – to replace up to an entire quadrant of missing teeth. Using up to three implants, a supported bridge offers an alternative, more permanent solution to a partial denture.
Removable and fixed implant-supported dentures – to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. Using anywhere from four to eight implants, our dentist can completely restore an entire smile using a reliable, lifelike prosthetic.
Dental Implants Provide Extensive Benefits
Without tooth roots, the jaw bone will atrophy and shrink. Traditional alternatives include dentures, partials, or bridges, but these options eventually lead to loss of jaw bone mass unless they’re supported by dental implants.
Implants offer a permanent solution to missing teeth, and restore strength and structure to the jaw bone. With dental implant posts to act as surrogate tooth roots, the integrity of the jawbone is preserved.
The Dental Implant Placement Process
During your initial appointment, Dr. Riforgiate will thoroughly examine your smile, take a detailed health history, and obtain X-rays and impressions.
Our skilled team will pay close attention to your jaw bone density and overall oral health, two important factors in dental implant placement and restoration. In some cases, patients may need preparatory procedures to ensure their dental implant is successful. Once dental implants are determined to be a viable option, Dr. Riforgiate will refer you to our trusted local implantologist for your procedure.
After placement, patients need time to heal and allow implant posts to fuse to the bone. Once fused, a custom-made final restoration, or crown, is then fixed to the implant with an abutment.
Dental implants can be adapted to support single and multiple tooth restorations. Implant-supported crowns, bridges, and dentures can be customized to provide the best tooth shape and size for optimal form and function.
Choose Dr. Riforgiate for Dental Implant Restorations
At the office of Anthony Riforgiate, DDS, we provide our patients with beautiful restorations and esteemed implantologist referrals. Call us
today to schedule a consultation for your new smile!