Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple missing teeth. Traditional implants replace a single tooth by attaching a crown to the implant’s titanium base. While this tooth replacement method is incredibly stable and lifelike for restoring one tooth, there are other options for patients who require multiple new teeth. Depending on the patient’s needs, our oral surgeons may use dental implants to anchor bridges, partial dentures, and full dentures. Whatever your needs may be, our team will develop a treatment plan that restores oral function and appearance.
How do dental implants secure prosthetic teeth?
A dental implant is a ridged post made from titanium that is inserted into the jawbone. Other common prosthetics like bridges and traditional dentures only replace the visible structures of teeth. While also replacing the visible portions of teeth, implants go beneath the surface of the gums to replace the roots of teeth. Titanium allows implants to act as a stable base to prosthetic teeth because its properties allow for a process called osseointegration. This means that over time, the bone mass surrounding the implant will fuse to the titanium post. Once the bone has fused, the implant is permanently stabilized. This process is what makes implants so durable and secure.
What kinds of prosthetics can be used with dental implants?
Virtually any type of prosthetic can be anchored to the abutments on dental implants. Common prosthetics used include partial dentures, full dentures, bridges, and of course, crowns. Full and partial dentures can be anchored using a series of titanium posts that are slightly smaller than the implants used for single tooth replacement. All prosthetics are made for each individual patient in dental laboratories. Our team will determine the proper size and shape of prosthetics using precise impressions and digital technology.
To learn more about your tooth replacement options, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our skilled oral surgeons. Our team is here to answer your questions and help you achieve vibrant oral health. Call 214-234-9143 today to reserve your appointment.