For patients missing a majority of their teeth, implant-supported dentures are commonly used. Implant-supported dentures are dentures that are secured in place using implants in the jaw. They are often used when a patient no longer has teeth remaining in their mouth but enough bone in their jaw to support implants. Implant-supported dentures snap into place on top of implants but can be removed for cleaning.
Implant-supported dentures provide a number of benefits and are a great improvement from traditional removable dentures. They do not require any adhesives or powders to help the dentures stick and are very secure and comfortable, significantly improving the ability to chew. Because they preserve bone in the jaw and restore lip-support, implant-supported dentures also help maintain facial structures and minimize wrinkles.
A dental implant is an ideal tooth restoration for people who are missing one or more teeth for reasons like injury or periodontal disease. To begin the implant process, a metal post is surgically positioned into the jaw. This post will act as a permanent “root” for the implanted tooth. Once it is in place, the restoration is completed with an implant crown. A crown not only strengthens the tooth, but it can also dramatically improve the tooth's appearance, shape and alignment.
Bridges are used to fill the gaps created by missing teeth. An implant-supported bridge is a bridge supported by dental implants, rather than by the natural teeth on each side of the bridge. When using an implant-supported bridge, dental implants are placed into the jawbone and tooth-like crowns are then connected together to form the bridge and placed on top. The result is a natural-looking tooth restoration.