Dental implants are artificial tooth roots placed in the jaw bone to hold a prosthetic tooth, bridge or denture. This treatment is dependent on the amount and quality of the available bone and soft tissue in the area where the tooth is missing. Before implant therapy your periodontist may need to augment the implant site/sites using techniques such as socket preservation, ridge modification and sinus augmentation.
These crowns are cemented or screwed onto individual implants where a tooth has been lost.
These are bridges that are supported only by implants where there are no teeth, replacing anything from two teeth to the entire arch of teeth (so long as you use enough implants to carry the load!)
Implant Retained Dentures
Overdentures (as described under the Prosthodontic Section) have been replaced by Implant Retained Dentures for the most part. Two or more implants are used to secure the Denture by means of studs magnets or even a metal bar like a small piece of rail track. Apart from the greatly increased security of the denture retained by implants there is also the added advantage (in the upper jaw) that the part of the denture covering the roof of the mouth can be left out giving the wearer much improved enjoyment of food and better speech.
Teeth in a day (All on 4)
The All-on-4® treatment concept is a dental implant solution specially designed for toothless jaws, people who find it hard to wear a denture (full plate or multiple missing teeth), or people who have multiple broken down teeth or teeth that have become loose. If you are unhappy with your dentures, the state of your teeth, or you no longer want to live without teeth, it may be the right solution for you.