Implant dentistry revolves around the use of a dental implant that interfaces with the bone of the jaw to support a conventional piece of dentistry such as a crown, bridge, denture, etc. and is generally used in a situation where a tooth is completely missing. The implant mimics a real tooth more than any other option in an edentulous situation.

What is an Implant?

An implant is a thin metal cylinder surgically implanted into the bone of the jaw to replace the root of a missing tooth. One kind of implant has a metal frame and one or more posts. The frame is positioned on the jawbone, then covered with gum tissue so that the pin(s) protrude into the mouth.

Another kind of implant has a metal “root” that is anchored in the jawbone and a pin that protrudes into the mouth. Pins for both kinds of implants can secure a single crown or a complete denture. Since the success of an implant is directly related to the skill of the dentist, be sure to ask your dentist if they have had implant training.

Do I Need a Single Tooth Implant?

An implant is an excellent way to replace a missing tooth and keep a good-looking smile. A dental implant is a small titanium cylinder that is surgically inserted into the bone of the jaw to replace the root of a missing tooth. An artificial tooth is attached to the implant.

Placing a dental implant after a tooth’s been lost can prevent a chain reaction of problems that could affect the entire mouth. Teeth need each other for support. When a tooth is lost, it changes the biting forces on the teeth next to the space, causing them to shift. When a tooth no longer has anything to chew against, it begins to extrude out of the socket. You can eventually end up losing more teeth.

What are Implant Supported Bridges?

An implant supported bridge is similar to a regular dental bridge, but it is supported by implants and not by natural teeth. In most cases, when an implant-supported bridge is used, one implant is placed in the jawbone for each missing tooth. Then the crowns are connected to each other to form one piece.

An implant supported bridge is used when more than one tooth is missing. It also may be used when your dentist is concerned that you might put too much pressure on individual implants that are not connected to each other. For example, clenching or grinding your teeth can put a lot of pressure on individual implants. This can increase the chances that they will loosen from the bone and fail. An implant-supported bridge reduces the pressure on the individual implants in the bone, and spreads it across the entire bridge.

Implant Supported Denture

Not all Dentures are created equal. The implant supported denture is a type of over denture that is attached and supported to the gums with implants. This technique is advised when there are no teeth remaining in the jaw but there is enough of the bone to support the implants. These implants use special attachments to the implants in the jaw to cement the dentures to the mouth. While you can receive implant supported dentures in the upper or lower jaw, it usually is only used in the lower jaw because of the extra support needed to hold the dentures in place. This implant-supported denture should be removed daily for cleaning at night.