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Dental Implants

Dental Implants Treatment (for individual teeth, bridges, or dentures)

Dental implants are an alternative to dentures or bridges to restore a mouth that has missing teeth. Dental implants are slowly replacing dentures because they offer many advantages.

For some people, particularly persons with loose or poor fitting dentures due to flat ridges, or persons with multiple missing teeth who need support for crowns and bridges, implants may be considered a more appropriate alternative to fix the appearance of missing teeth than dentures. According to the American Academy of Implant Prosthodontics, implants help to accomplish the following:

  • Reduce movement of dentures, bridges and/or crowns
  • Facilitate proper chewing
  • Provide support and improved stability for removable dentures or fixed bridge work
  • Approximate the "feel" of natural teeth better than dentures
  • Promote "denture self-confidence", as speech and appearance are often improved

Types of Dental Implants

  • Artificial bone substitutes—involve a synthetic bone substitute being fitted on top of the bone to help rebuild the shrinking ridge and provide sturdy support for dentures. Because it is made of the same type of mineral found in natural bone, this type of implant bonds to the existing jaw bone
  • Endosteal implants—inserted into the jaw bone to serve as the tooth's root
  • Subperiosteal implants—usually an option for persons who can no longer wear conventional dentures, a lightweight, specially-designed, metal implant that fits directly on the existing bone