Dental Implants help replace missing teeth lost due to trauma, dental decay, gum disease or naturally missing teeth.
Dental implants can offer a long term solution for you to eat and smile with confidence. They can look and feel like real teeth and with the right care and maintenance can last a lifetime.
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Single Tooth Implants
The need to replace a missing tooth could be the result of an accident or because there was no predisposition for a tooth at birth.
The dental implant is installed in the jawbone. No healthy teeth are affected or damaged. With other replacement solutions, adjacent teeth might need to be ground down to support a bridge.
The abutment is attached to the dental implant. A crown is then placed on the abutment, fitting perfectly at the edge of the gum.
The new tooth is now complete and it is virtually impossible to see the difference between the existing teeth and the new tooth.
Replacing Several Teeth
Some people loose teeth in the back of the mouth. There are many reasons for this, including dental decay, periodontal disease or fracture. Traditionally these spaces could be restored with a denture or in some cases a dental bridge. By placing dental implants, patients can have a fixed solution that does not involve grinding any teeth down.
Between two and four dental implants are installed for a dental implant bridge. This solution does not affect your own teeth. The bridge will function for many years, but it will need cleaning and maintaining in a similar way to natural teeth existing teeth.
Abutments are attached to the dental implants. The next step is to fit a bridge; the new set of teeth is placed on the abutments.
The dental implant bridge is now in place and can withstand the strong chewing forces that occur in the back of the mouth. It feels and functions like natural teeth.
Replacing All Your Teeth
If you have lost all your teeth in one or both jaws, you can choose a permanently anchored dental implant bridge or a removable prosthesis that is connected to two or more dental implants. This is called an over-denture. This type of over-denture remains in place more firmly than a conventional removable prosthesis. For the most natural looking solution, the permanently anchored dental implant bridge is the answer when the prerequisites are met.
An over-denture involves installing two or more dental implants that will be used as a secure foundation to attach the prosthesis.
For the over-denture, either ball abutments or a small bar between the abutments are used. The prosthesis is fitted with corresponding devices underneath.
The dental implant bridge, or the over-denture, is now in place. It looks and functions like normal teeth. You can now eat whatever you like and laugh without having to worry about the prosthesis falling out.