Dental Implants are an excellent and appealing solution to replace missing or recently extracted teeth. Dental Implants can be used in a multitude of ways to help restore missing teeth, support a removable denture or fixed bridge, or act as an anchor for orthodontic retention.
The dental implant or “fixture” which is fabricated from titanium or titanium alloy, is surgically placed in selected sites in the upper and/or lower arch(s). Through a biologic process called osseointegration, the dental implant “fuses” to the bone creating a rigid anchor to support a dental prosthesis (crown, bridge, complete denture or partial denture).
Abutment components are screwed into the implant fixture. It is these components that extend through the soft tissue into the mouth and onto which a crown or bridge is screwed and/or cemented, or onto which a removable denture is secured.
Implant Supported Bridge
An implant supported bridge is a restorative solution for spaces where three or more adjacent teeth are missing. The bridge replaces multiple adjacent missing teeth without the use of a denture. This restoration typically requires two implants to support the porcelain bridge. The bridge provides a functional and aesthetic replacement for the patient’s natural teeth.
Implant Supported Dentures
Implant supported dentures can be either fixed or removable. This solution requires the placement of two or more implants. If a removable denture is selected, the denture will “snap” on to the implant rather than requiring the use of denture paste or adhesives. Removable dentures can be taken out for cleaning at night.
This technique offers many advantages over traditional dentures.
Easy to care for, this solution can simulate the look and feel of natural teeth and stay fixed in place with the implants acting as anchors. Patients will not experience the typical rocking and movement or gum irritation associated with dentures.
Dental implant placement can also help alleviate the sunken look that can occur with bone loss in the jaw by stimulating bone growth in the area around the implant. This process is called osseointegration and can also help prevent future bone loss.