The Purpose Of Dental Implants
Dental implants can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth and may be a permanent solution for tooth loss. An implant is placed in the jaw bone and serves as the replacement tooth’s root. An artificial tooth or crown is then attached to the implant.
Non-Implant Tooth Replacement Options
Traditional Fixed Bridge
A traditional fixed bridge is attached to existing teeth using crowns that are placed on adjacent teeth. In order to replace one missing tooth, crowns are placed on teeth that may not otherwise need treatment.
Resin-Bonded Bridge (Maryland Bridge)
A Maryland Bridge contains only the artificial tooth and is held in place by bonding to existing teeth on both sides of the missing tooth.
A flipper is a removable device like an orthodontic retainer with the artificial tooth attached. It fits within the shape of your existing teeth and is often held in place by small wire clasps. A flipper covers your palate or the inside of your lower jaw.
For those who have lost all of their teeth, dentures replace all teeth with one dental appliance for each jaw. Dentures are not permanent and can be removed easily for cleaning.
Implant Treatment Process
When teeth are lost in the upper jaw, the bone often shrinks, causing the sinus cavity to enlarge and encroach on the tooth-bearing area. This may result in the need for a sinus graft. By grafting bone under the lining of the sinus, the height of your upper jaw is increased. This graft creates an adequate foundation for the implant.