A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root that can be used to replace a missing tooth. Additionally, a dental implant can be used in restorations that involve multiple teeth. Often, in such cases, the implant holds other teeth-replacement appliances in position.
Here are a few teeth replacement options that are paired with dental implants to offer movement-free restorations.
A Denture That is Supported by Dental Implants
Dentures have been used to replace lost teeth for many years. Often, a denture replaces a full palate of missing teeth.
One of the primary complaints of denture wearers is the lack of stability of the appliance. Dentures that are not implant-supported may move about as a person eats or speaks, even if denture adhesive is used.
Unlike unsupported dentures, which can only withstand a fraction of the bite pressure that a natural tooth can accommodate, a dental implant is secured within the bone of the jaw. There, it assimilates with the jawbone. This connectivity allows the dental implant to endure the same amount of bite pressure as a natural tooth, since both are held in place by the bone.
The stability of a dental implant makes it a great option for holding a denture in place. An implant-supported denture is fitted with a specialized mechanism on its underside that connects to the implant. The denture wearer can attach and detach the false teeth from the dental implant as desired.
A Dental Bridge That Is Fixed In Place Using Dental Implants
Fixed dental bridges are held in place as the bridge crowns are connected to dental implants or natural teeth. The bridge crowns are typically located on each end of the fixed bridge and are secured to the implants or natural teeth that are adjacent to the gap left by the patient's lost teeth.
Before a bridge can be connected to dental implants, the implants must be fully healed. After the placement of a dental implant, it takes several months for the device to fully connect to the jawbone for optimal stabilization. The connecting process, which is referred to as osseointegration, allows the implant to provide the support necessary to stabilize the dental bridge.
If a patient already has properly positioned dental implants in place from previous single-tooth restorations, these implants can be used to hold a bridge in place. However, the singular crowns are replaced by the bridge crowns.
Consult with a dental company, like Treman & Treman Family Dental Care, for more information about the use of dental implants in multi-teeth restorations.