IN WHICH SITUATIONS A DENTAL IMPLANT CAN BE USED?
Replacement of a single tooth
- An implant is inserted in the jaw bone to replace the root of an extracted tooth or of a tooth soon to be extracted.
- Following a healing period of 3-4 months, a crown will be attached to the implant. This step is performed by your dentist.
- The alternative treatment would be a traditional bridge which requires preparing and therefore damaging the teeth adjacent to the missing one.
Replacement of multiple teeth with an implant supported bridge
- Implants are an ideal solution for replacing several adjacent teeth.
- For example, if you miss three adjacent teeth, two implants can be placed at each end of the edentulous space. Thereafter, a three-unit bridge supported by two implants will make a solid fixed restoration.
Replacement of all the teeth
- When all the teeth are missing, 4 to 8 implants are placed in strategic positions.
- Teeth or dentures then attach to these implants providing a much more stable and comfortable restoration compared to traditional dentures.