Single Dental Implant
A dental implant is used to replace one missing tooth and is considered permanent. This is a complex procedure and only performed by professionals who are trained in dental implants. The first step is to surgically place the implant directly into the jawbone, which will act as an anchor and provide maximum support. After the implant has formed a stable bond with the bone structure, then an abutment can be attached. The final step is to attach a crown to the abutment. Each step requires healing time that will be determined on a case by case basis. This procedure doesn’t affect the adjacent teeth or structural integrity of the jawbone. The time it takes from start to finish varies by patient, but the average time is 6-9 months. The result is a tooth that looks and functions like a natural tooth.
Full Arch Implant Rehabilitation
Full arch implant rehabilitation is a dental procedure which involves the permanent restoration of the entire arch of missing teeth. The dental implants are fused with the jawbone to provide a secure base for the arch of teeth. Each patient is different and will receive a customized approach based on their situation. This procedure is designed for patients who require multiple single dental implants, have several failing teeth or have lost most of their teeth. The full arch implant rehabilitation procedure has the following benefits: it eliminates the pain caused by tooth decay, it prevents bone loss, it restores the look of natural teeth and allows the patient to have a secure prosthesis for comfortable eating.
Implant Assisted / Retained Denture
An implant assisted or retained denture is a class of overdenture that is attached to and supported by the implant. It is commonly used for people who don’t have any teeth but still have a jawbone that is strong enough to support the implant. There are special attachments that clip into the dental implant. The implant assisted or retained denture may be used either for the upper or lower jaw. However, it is mostly used for the lower jaw because regular dentures are prone to be unstable at that location.
There are two types of implant assisted or retained dentures: the bar-retained denture and the ball-retained denture. The former involves a thin metal bar being attached to the implant, while the latter has attachments on the implants that are ball-shaped. Both options are considered very strong and stable and will fit securely to your gums just like natural teeth.