Dental implants are surgically placed artificial fixtures to replace one or more missing teeth. The dental implant itself is a titanium post or screw that is positioned into the jawbone, which acts like the root of your tooth. Dental implants are the standard of care today and the best treatment option in replacing missing teeth.
A dental implant is a surgically placed artificial fixture to replace one or more missing teeth. It is a permanent fixture made from titanium metal that is positioned into the jawbone, acting like the root of your tooth. It is commonly referred to as a post or a screw. In order for a dental implant to succeed, healthy bone must be present. A cone-beam computed tomography x-ray is often taken to verify the amount of bone remaining, nerve structures, and sinus to analyze if an implant can be placed. Please consult with your dentist to see if a dental implant is right for you.
An implant supported bridge has the same concept as a dental bridge, but it is supported by implants and not natural teeth. Sometimes, if individual implants cannot be placed, an implant supported bridge may be a great alternative. Occasionally, we may have to skip a space for an implant due to insufficient bone, nerve proximity, or proximity to your sinus. An implant supported bridge is also a fixed restorative option.
An overdenture is a custom-made removable/fixed appliance to replace all missing teeth on an arch that can be placed over retained roots or dental implants.
The two general categories of overdentures are tooth-supported or implant supported.
Tooth supported overdentures are commonly placed over root canal treated canine teeth that are prepared and connected to attachments for the overdenture to snap onto—although this is not as common today.
Implant Supported Dentures (most common today)
An implant supported denture is a type of overdenture made when a person is fully edentulous (without teeth) but has enough healthy jaw bone to support implants. This appliance is fully supported by and attached to dental implants. The implant supported denture has attachments that snaps directly onto the attachments of the dental implants and are not supported by your gums, like conventional dentures. Implant supported dentures can be removable or fully fixed appliances. Removable implant supported dentures need to be removed daily to keep your gums and denture clean.
The all-on-4 system is a type of implant supported denture that uses four dental implants to fully rehabilitate either the top or bottom edentulous (without teeth) arch. The number “4” comes from the number of implants placed.
The all-on-4 concept was developed to allow for immediate function and support. This allow patients to receive immediate results and go home with teeth “same day”. You will often hear it referred to as teeth in a day.
The all-on-4 procedure entails a consult with your dentist and a proper reviewing with a cone-beam computed tomography scan. This will allow proper planning and placement of your dental implants.
Once you and your dentist have reviewed your case, a special custom surgical template/guide is made for the day of surgery.
After surgery you will be in the healing phase and leave with a temporary denture that is fixed to the dental implants. The healing phase usually takes up to six months. Once implants have fully healed, the permanent denture can be placed.
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