With his extensive experience in restoring dental implants, Dr. Morrison can help you restore your smile permanently, whether you’ve lost a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all of your teeth. If you’re located in Chevy Chase or Gaithersburg, contact us for a consultation now.
At Morrison Cosmetic Dentistry, we’ve built a close relationship with team of local implant specialists who can provide you with excellent results. Our network of implant dentists will handle the implant placement, and then Dr. Morrison will work with you to create your custom implant-supported restoration.
Dental implants have a number of different benefits. They last 30+ years with proper care, making them a great long-term investment. They also never move or shift in your mouth, and implant-supported restorations look and feel completely natural. Finally, dental implants support the strength of your jaw bone. They stimulate your jaw bone and prevent bone resorption, which is a common side effect of tooth loss.
After you’re approved for a dental implant, Dr. Morrison will refer you to a member of our dental implant team. Your implant will be placed, and allowed to heal for about 3-6 months.
During this time, Dr. Morrison will work with you to design your implant restoration, such as a dental crown, bridge, or denture. Once your mouth has healed completely, he will attach your restoration, restoring your smile.
The term “implant restoration” refers to the dental prosthetic that attaches to your dental implant, and completes your smile. There are a number of different implant restoration options available, including partial and full-arch implants, implant retained bridges, and fixed hybrid prostheses.
Partial dental implants are similar to partial dentures, but the restoration is permanent, more natural-looking, and better for your oral health. Multiple dental implants will be placed in your mouth, then a partial denture will be made which attaches to these implants to restore your smile. Partial dental implants are a great option if you are missing several of your natural teeth, but still have some strong, healthy teeth remaining.
Full-arch dental implants consist of 4-6 dental implants that are placed in the upper, lower, or both arches of your teeth. These implants can be used to hold a removable implant-supported denture (overdenture), or a permanent, fixed dental bridge.
While traditional bridges use two healthy teeth with dental crowns to replace one or more missing teeth, an implant retained bridge uses two dental crowns to replace missing teeth. This treatment is ideal for treating 3 or more adjacent missing teeth.
A fixed hybrid prosthesis uses a special prosthetic that attaches to dental implants, and also includes a pink acrylic material that helps restore the appearance of your gum tissue. It’s usually recommended for patients who have experienced significant bone and gum tissue loss.