A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.
single tooth replacement
A single tooth can be replaced with a titanium implant and connected crown. This can replace a missing or failing tooth.
This avoids the need for a denture or a bridge, It prevents traumatic reduction to adjacent teeth and also prevents the additional loading that a bridge creates.
An implant also helps prevent further bone loss that can progress where a tooth is missing.
multiple tooth replacement
In situations where two or more teeth are missing then implants can be used to replace these missing teeth. After careful treatment planning we can determine the best option for implant placement and restorations. These restorations are fixed onto the implants by screw or cement and can fill spaces where a denture was the only other option.
Full arch replacement
In cases where a patient has no remaining teeth or where the remaining teeth are either beyond restoring then usually conventional dentures are the only option.
We can use implants to help retain a denture and dramatically improve the fit, comfort and retention.
Alternatively we can place implants and provide fixed restorations to replace all the missing teeth. This is often known as All-on-4 or All-on-6 and in suitable cases is as close as you can get to having your old teeth back.