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Victoria Tatum, DMD, PA

92 Courtenay Drive

Charleston, SC 29403

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Implant Dentistry


Cosmetic Restorations for Missing Teeth


If you have lost or missing teeth you may wish to consider a dental implant from Victoria Tatum DMD PA.

 

Dr Vicki Tatum is a full service dentist providing dental implant services. Whether your missing tooth is the result of periodontitis, tooth decay or an injury, Victoria Tatum DMD PA can help restore your smile with a beautiful new dental implant that looks and functions just like a real tooth.

Significantly stronger than bridges or dentures, a dental implant offers a single and permanent solution to a lost tooth. The implant is integrated into your jaw with a small titanium screw and over the course of several months naturally bonds with your mouth. This procedure is relatively simple and is effective in almost all cases, so there's no need to put off restoring that great smile.

 

As with all our dental services, you'll be treated with the nurturing care and professionalism that embodies Dr Vicki Tatum practice. We'll make sure that you're kept comfortable and informed throughout the implant process and will always be available to address any questions or concerns.

 

Dental implants aren't the correct choice for everyone, however. Successful candidates require healthy gums and enough bone to support the implant. If you're interested in discovering if you're a good candidate for dental implants, simply schedule a consultation with Dr. Tatum, and she will explain what options are available for you.

Dr. Tatum offer multiple implant options:

  • All-on-4 Dental Implants
  • Single Tooth or Multiple Tooth Implants
  • Removable Implant Supported Overdentures

 
All-on-4 Dental Implants


 

The All-on-4 Dental Implant procedure uses four implants, with the back implants angulated to take maximum advantage of existing bone. Special implants also were developed that could support the immediate fitting of replacement teeth. This treatment is attractive to those with dentures or in need of full upper and/or lower restorations. With the All-on-4 procedure, qualified patients receive just four implants and a full set of new replacement teeth in just one appointment – without bone grafts! The real appeal is how quickly permanent implants can be placed so that patients can leave the same day with fixed, non-removable replacement teeth.

With the All-on-4 Dental Implant procedure, the patient has one or two visits to the office to allow Dr. Vicki Tatum to gather information for a treatment plan (e.g., CAT Scan, X-rays, impressions, photos). Following this consultation, the patient is scheduled for surgery implantation and the new teeth are fitted and adjusted, all in one appointment (even when extractions are necessary). The patient comes to the office in the morning with unhealthy (or no) teeth, and a few days later they receive a beautiful set of fixed, functional teeth.

The patient will return for occasional check-ups over the next several weeks and months. After almost six months, when the gums have fully healed and the implants are fused to the natural bone, Dr. Tatum will take new impressions of the patient’s mouth and prepare a final, stronger, permanent set of teeth adjusted to a perfect fit – at no additional cost. This helps ensure that the teeth will last for many years, and provide maximum support, beauty, and function to the patient.

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Single or Multiple Tooth Implants


A single tooth implant will allow you to avoid unnecessary preparation of adjacent teeth for fixed partial denture (bridge). Given that insurance companies' statistics show the average lifetime of a bridge is between 7-10 years, a bridge can often lead to other dental procedures down the road. If there is not another tooth behind the missing tooth, then the options are a removable partial denture or an implant. An implant is the best option especially if there are no other missing spaces to fill in an arch. Implants in the anterior zone require careful analysis of the bone and tissue available. The ultimate goal is to not only preserve the adjacent tooth structure, but make an implant crown look and function like a natural tooth. If there is considerable loss of bone height, a natural appearance may be very difficult to achieve. Careful consideration must be given to what our patient's expectations are, and to what can be accomplished with an implant in an aesthetic area. Often, an implant may require bone grafts to provide bone width suitable for an implant.

This option allows a patient to avoid a removable denture or a large spanning fixed partial denture (bridge) to fill missing spaces. Ideally, an implant is placed for each tooth replaced; however, when appropriate, spaces can be spanned with an implant bridge. These patients benefit from avoiding the difficulties of wearing a removable partial denture and the forces that ensue on supporting teeth of either a removable or fixed partial denture.

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Removable Implant Supported Overdentures


At Tatum Dentistry, we provide three different options for Removable Implant Supported Overdentures:

 


Removable 2 Implant Supported Overdenture


The two-implant overdenture is the most economical route to enjoy benefits of implant dentures. The preferred method is to use this option only for the lower jaw. With minimal hardware involved, it has simple repairs and low maintenance costs. These attachments are similar to buttons on a coat. However, depending on the locator used we can control the amount of force by which the denture is held in place. The patient who chooses the two-implant locator denture must be aware that some movement is still to be expected in the denture. The retention is compared to having the best denture adhesive on the market, holding the denture in place at all times. In some European countries this option has become the minimal standard of care for someone who has lost all their lower teeth.

 


Removable 4 Implant Supported Overdenture


The use of four implants allows for very strong stability in all directions, yet the minimal hardware involved allows for less expense than other implant denture options. With the use of four locator attachments connected to implants, patients find the denture extremely retentive. Again, maintenance cost of this denture is minimal. In addition, implants are very accessible for the patient, making hygiene very simple.

 


Removable 4 Implant Bar Supported Overdenture


The removable bar overdenture provides the benefits of cross arch stabilization of implants. This means that the forces of chewing are shared amongst all the implants together, rather than each implant alone. This reduces the changes of implant failure due to overload or extreme forces. The retention in this type of case is expected to be slightly stronger than the four implant supported denture and chewing forces are nearly as strong as natural teeth. This type of restoration requires more effort in implant hygiene with cleaning under the implant bar. There is more expense in fabrication due to greater hardware and lab support involved.  A number of attachments can be used on bar. There are a number of systems Dr. Tatum has used that make quality overdenture systems; however, she has found some make regular dental maintenance easier than others, and consequently, a lower cost down the road for the patient.

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