For patients missing multiple consecutive teeth, implant-based bridges are a quality option. In this procedure implants are placed within the jawbone creating a foundation, then abutments are added and a bridge is created to form a beautiful and natural feeling smile.
Abutment and Placement
Most implants have three pieces: the implant that goes in your bone, the abutment that holds the tooth, and the crown tooth that attaches to the abutment. The crown is shaped like a tooth and made to look like the others around it so that it is not obviously false. A special type of dental cement is used to keep the crown attached to the abutment. Well made dental implants have a very tight connection between the implant and the abutment. This is important for the long-term maintenance of your bone around the implant.
Bone and Soft Tissue Grafting
The bones and tissue in your mouth can move out of position and/or experience loss due to gum disease or the loss of teeth. This bone loss can be restored through a bone graft. Bone grafts use bone from another section of your body or a bone bank and transplant that bone into the failing area of your mouth or jaw which then acts as foundational support. Soft tissue grafting involves a quick replacement of receding gums using the gum tissue from another healthy area within the mouth.
Full Mouth Treatment
There are some cases where you may need all your teeth replaced. A full-mouth dental implant treatment is an effective option for patients to have their smiles and function fully restored.
An implant-supported denture is used when a person doesn’t have teeth in the jaw but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. They hold the denture securely in place by anchoring them to the jawbone. These dentures can either be removable or fixed, depending on the patient’s preference and need.