If you're missing one or more teeth, you may be particularly aware of their importance to your appearance and dental health. All of your teeth work together to help you chew, speak, and smile. When teeth are missing, it is difficult to do these things. Even the loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to shift and your face to look older. Fortunately, missing teeth can be replaced, and they should be. A dental implant is much like a natural tooth, which has a root in the jaw, topped by a crown that you can see. Dental implants also can be used to anchor many teeth in a bridge or to anchor dentures. Successful implants requires a "team" approach - the patient, the dentist, who makes the crown or restorative work for the implant, and the oral surgeon, who places the implant fixture.
Osseointegration occurs when bone fuses with the implant. This provides a solid base for the prosthesis.
Dental implants can replace a single tooth, several teeth or all the teeth in your mouth
Talk, laugh and smile with confidence, with teeth that are firmly supported and feel like your natural teeth
Denture wearers can return to simple oral hygiene with no soaking or need for adhesives
Helps protect jawbone shrinkage and deterioration, a direct result from missing natural teeth
A Prosthesis to Fit Your Needs
Depending on how many teeth you are missing, you may have a single, partial or complete prosthesis. The more teeth to be replaced, the more implants you
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A single implant is used to replace a tooth that has been lost. A partial prosthesis is used
as an alternative to a bridge.
Types of Complete Prostheses
There are two types of complete denture prostheses:removable and fixed. Both can be used to replace a complete set of teeth. Removable means you will be able to take it out of your mouth and fixed means only a dentist will be able to remove it. You and Dr. Clausnitzer can discuss which type is best for you.
Single Implant Removable Prosthesis
With a removable prosthesis, the new teeth are joined to the implants by a connecting device, such as a clip and bar. This allows you to take the prosthesis out for cleaning.
Single Implant Fixed Prosthesis
With a fixed prosthesis, the new teeth are fitted to a frame that is secured to the implants. A fixed prosthesis offers more stability for chewing.
Call Dr. Clausnitzer to learn more about the types of dental implants and how they may be an advantage to your dental needs.