To help patients with missing teeth, Dr. Ulasik is ready to offer the most complete solution available today: dental implants. Unlike other tooth replacements, they actually restore the complete tooth above and below the gum line, delivering the most natural-looking, reliable, and long-lasting results possible. Dr. Ulasik is specially trained to provide all aspects of the implant procedure, so if you’re ready to finally say “goodbye!” to the gaps in your smile, she’ll be able to guide you through the entire journey. To learn more about this treatment and what it could do for you, contact us today.
One of the biggest advantages of dental implants is that they can be used to replace any number of missing teeth:
After a prosthetic root has been placed into the jawbone, Dr. Ulasik can attach an all-porcelain crown to it using a connector called an abutment. This crown will be color-matched to a person’s enamel so that it seamlessly blends into the smile. Once in place, a patient will be able to maintain the crown just like a regular tooth with consistent brushing and flossing. This is all it takes to help it look and feel great for decades to come.
Dental implants can also be used to support a bridge to replace multiple missing teeth in a row. Two dental implant crowns are positioned on either side of the missing ones, and these are attached to prosthetic teeth to close the gap. Compared to a traditional bridge, an implant bridge has a much more secure hold, looks more natural, and can be trusted to last longer as well. Plus, it doesn’t require healthy teeth to be shaved down to hold the supporting crowns as well, helping preserve more of a patient’s natural smile.
Implant-retained dentures are an excellent and cost-effective option for patients missing a large number of teeth. Rather than replacing each one with a single implant, a few strategically located implants can be used to support an entire denture. Because these dentures are anchored directly to the jawbone, they have a fit and stability a traditional prosthetic simply can’t match. They have also been shown to restore much more of a patient’s bite strength, enabling them to enjoy a much more varied and healthy diet.
The overall cost of an implant procedure can vary quite a bit from patient to patient depending on a number of individual factors, such as how many teeth a patient wants to be replaced, what type of restoration they’re interested in, and whether or not they have insurance coverage.
Despite all of this, implants are still the most cost-effective tooth replacement thanks to their longevity. Traditional bridges and dentures typically need to be completely redone every 7-10 years, while implants, on the other hand, can easily last for 30 or more. Over time, this results in a much lower cost for a patient.