Dental Implant Restoration Options

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People often assume that dental implants replace the entire structure of the missing teeth. But that’s not entirely accurate. The implant itself is just one part of the anatomy. The dental implant is a titanium or ceramic post that replaces the root structure of the missing tooth. The implant provides a secure anchor point for the prosthetic component, i.e., the visible part of the dental implant anatomy. As such, you must choose the right dental implant restoration to ensure natural appearance and functionality.

Depending on the number of missing teeth, their location, and your goals, your dental implant restoration options include dental crowns, dental bridges, and dentures.


Dental Crowns

For Single Tooth Replacement

A dental crown is a custom-made prosthetic for a single tooth. It’s a tooth-shaped and tooth-colored device made of porcelain, ceramic, or composite resin, and it’s attached to the implant to replace the missing tooth. A dental crown can only replace one tooth, making it the ideal choice for single tooth replacement. If you’re missing only one tooth or multiple teeth in isolated locations, you can get a crown for each of them.

However, dental crowns aren’t suitable for multiple teeth. If you’re missing multiple teeth in a single row or an entire arch of teeth, getting a crown for each will be time-consuming, expensive, and challenging. You’ll need a separate dental implant surgery for each missing tooth in the row, each entailing a recovery period of 3 to 6 months. As such, dental crowns can replace individual teeth in isolated locations but aren’t suitable for multiple teeth.


Dental Bridges

For Multiple Teeth Replacement

 A dental bridge refers to a series of prosthetic teeth in a single chain. The prosthetic teeth on the outer edges of the chain are called the “connectors,” and the prosthetic teeth in between are called “pontics.” Attaching a dental bridge only necessitates two anchor points, one on either side of the chain. This structure makes a dental bridge the ideal restoration option for patients missing multiple teeth in a single row.
 

If you’re missing five teeth in a row, you can get a dental implant on the two outermost teeth in the row. The dental bridge can then replace all five teeth with the connectors fastened over two implants. This allows you to replace multiple teeth with only one or two implants. You don’t need multiple dental implant surgeries for each individual missing tooth. However, a dental bridge has its limitations, and it can’t be used for complete arch replacement.

Dentures

For Complete Arch Replacement

A full denture refers to a complete arch of artificial teeth supported by a gum-colored base. Traditional dentures are used without implants to replace a complete arch of missing teeth — they often slip out of the mouth, involve maintenance issues, and look unnatural. However, you can now get implant-supported dentures to replace a complete arch of missing teeth without any of the usual concerns plaguing traditional dentures.
Implant-supported dentures can be fastened on 4 to 6 strategically-located implants. As such, they replace an entire arch with minimal dental implant surgeries. You only need 4 to 6 implants (not 10 to 16) to replace all your teeth. Furthermore, the dentures are firmly secured to the implants, so there’s no risk of them coming loose, slipping out, or looking unnatural. Implant-supported dentures are perfect for edentulous patients, bringing together the unique advantages of implants and dentures.

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