Dental Implants

Dental Implants

The dental implant, typically made of titanium is a safe and proven effective replacement for the tooth root. Because it is placed in the jawbone the dental implant forms the stable and sturdy base for your replacement teeth

Dental Implants: Missing Teeth

Multiple missing teeth can be replaced with multiple implants supporting fixed bridgework as small as a 3-unit bridge supported by two implants, or with multiple implants supporting a greater number of teeth. Usually a minimum number of 4-8 implants are needed to replace a full arch (jaw) of teeth, 10 or more crowns by fixed bridgework.

Dental Implants: Over-Dentures

Where two or more implants, either standard or mini-implants, are placed to provide stabilization of the denture and preserve the underlying bone. Whereas most traditional full dentures press directly on the gum and bone causing bone loss by resorption, implant supported over-dentures protect the bone. Over-dentures are now considered the standard of care.

Dental Implants: One and Two Stages

In some dental implant systems the implants are placed, covered with the gum tissue and left to integrate or fuse to the bone. In these two stage systems, the implant is uncovered (stage two) and a small connector, called a “healing abutment” is attached to the implant which connects it to the mouth above the gum. The gum tissue heals around it.

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