Dental implants are small titanium fixtures that are placed in the bone of the upper or lower jaw. The implants bond with the bone and act as an anchor for replacement teeth.
Dental implants can be used to replace a single lost tooth or many missing teeth. Several options are available to restore your lost teeth; your dentist will discuss these with you in detail.
Photos courtesy of University of Florida, Center for Implant Dentistry
Patients who have chosen implant supported teeth report they are happy and comfortable for the first time since the loss of their original teeth.
Implant supported crown
Traditional removable partial denture
Traditional tooth supported bridge
Anyone missing teeth is a candidate for dental implants. A consultation with your dentist will clarify what type of treatment you require. Some cases can be relatively simple. All facts of your imsplant treatment will be discussed with you in detail after a thorough diagnosis is made.
Your diagnosis for dental implant treatment will include x-rays, study models, measurements, clinical exams and an evaluation of your medical conditions.
The All-On-Four procedure is designed to permanently replace all of your teeth on a single arch, using eight total posts for replacement of both the upper and lower arch. Why four posts? Try thinking of a roadway bridge: The engineer who designs it doesn't put a support column under every inch - only enough columns to successfully carry the weight of the bridge, plus any other forces exerted on it. In a similar way, this is the same way your new smile will be achieved.