If you’re missing one or multiple teeth, an implant restoration can restore your smile, improve your oral health, and help you live more confidently. At her self-titled practice, general dentist Diane E. Casey, DDS, specializes in implant restoration. She works hand-in-hand with qualified laboratory technicians to ensure optimal implant health from start to finish. To make an appointment at the practice in Sunnyvale, California, call the office or click the online booking tool today.
An implant restoration is a custom oral prosthetic that connects to a dental implant. Dr. Casey offers several types of implant restorations, including crowns, fixed-bridges, and implant-retained overdentures. The type that will most benefit you depends on how many teeth you’re missing, your budget, and your goals.
Dr. Casey regularly collaborates with a team of talented laboratory technicians minutes away. They communicate throughout the design and manufacturing process to create the tooth or teeth you’ve been waiting for.
Dr. Casey offers several types of implant restorations, including:
Crowns are synthetic caps made of porcelain or ceramic. They mimic the shape, color, and appearance of your natural teeth, allowing you to bite, chew, and speak confidently. If you only need a few dental implants, you’ll likely benefit from crowns.
A fixed bridge is an implant restoration that fills a gap in your smile. If you’re missing one or several teeth in a row, a fixed bridge can restore your smile and lower the risk of potentially serious oral health problems like gum recession, bone loss, or shifting teeth.
If you’re missing all of your teeth on the upper or lower arch, Dr. Casey might recommend implant-retained overdentures. Instead of using denture adhesive, overdentures attach to your dental implants. That prevents them from moving and ensures optimal oral health.
Getting an implant restoration is a multi-step process that takes a period of months.
Before prescribing dental implants, Dr. Casey conducts an oral exam and takes digital X-rays. If you have a healthy jaw and gums, she places a series of Straumann® implants beneath your gums during an outpatient procedure.
When the implants finish fusing with your jaw, four to six months later, you return to the office for your second appointment.
Dr. Casey conducts an oral exam and takes digital impressions with an intraoral scanner. She sends your impressions to a dental laboratory that designs and manufactures your crowns, fixed bridge, or implant-retained overdentures.
When the laboratory completes your implant restoration, you return to the office for placement. Dr. Casey administers a local anesthetic, lines up the restoration with your implants, and bonds them in place. Then, she provides you with instructions to achieve optimal implant health.
To see if you can benefit from an implant restoration, make an appointment at the practice of Diane E. Casey, DDS, by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.