single implants & implant bridges
Single implants are used when you want to replace a single tooth. In the case shown above, the patient was missing a premolar and choose to restore the space with an implant. This is the best option for most patients because implants are very successful and can last forever is properly placed and cared for.
Implant bridges are used when a patient is missing more than one or two teeth and wants to have a fixed restoration, one that you do not need to take in and out. Implant bridges are a great option for patients who do not want to wear a conventional partial denture.
implant dentures - Fixed & removable
Patients that are missing all of their teeth may opt to incorporate implants in their treatment. There are two types of implant dentures:
Implant retained denture - The denture clips in and out of the implants. These are used when you need help keeping your denture in place. Typically this is utilized for the lower denture, as they are the hardest to stay in place. Two to four implants are placed so that the denture can 'clip' into the implants. This keeps the denture in place while eating and talking.
Fixed implant denture - This denture does not come out of the mouth. These are the cadillac of all full mouth restorations and you will have bite strength resembling your natural teeth. Four or six implants are placed and the denture screws into the implants. All you need to do is keep it clean and come in for regular checkups and this will function as close to real teeth as you can get!