For single tooth replacement an implant is often the treatment of choice. An implant mimics the natural tooth root and is placed in the bone by a periodontist. The crown is then placed on top of the implant. The restoration is designed to look and function like a real tooth. With proper positioning the implant-supported tooth helps to stop drifting of the adjacent teeth and helps to preserve the surrounding bone and soft tissue to provide a natural appearing result.
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Several missing teeth can be replaced with implants, which can prevent the need to wear removable dentures or partial dentures. In most cases implants are placed under local anesthesia and conscious sedation. Multiple implants can be placed at one appointment thereby reducing the overall treatment time.
Full Arch Implants
Implants can be used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth with either a fixed restoration (removable only by a dentist) or an implant-retained removable prosthesis. A fixed restoration requires five to ten implants in the same jaw and the restoration is retained by screws. Adequate space is provided beneath the implant-supported restoration to allow for cleaning.
An implant-retained removable prosthesis is sometimes an ideal restoration particularly for the upper arch when the teeth and significant amounts of bone have been lost. The prosthesis supported by implants can replace both the teeth and the missing structures around the teeth such as gum and bone to provide a life-like and natural appearance with normal length teeth. The removable prosthesis can be modified and streamlined to avoid coverage of the palate (roof of the mouth) and contact with the oral soft tissues. An implant-supported removable prosthesis requires fewer implants and results in less cost.
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