Dental Implants Overview


DENTAL IMPLANTS – GENERAL OVERVIEW

Different ways implants can be used

Single Tooth Implant

1.) Dental implants can replace one or many missing teeth:-
Implant retained crowns can restore one or all missing teeth and is the treatment option  closest to having your own natural teeth both functionally and aesthetically. Implants are self supporting and treatment does not involve other teeth as occurs with bridgework.

Multiple implants placed by specialist oral surgeon and restored by Dr Deutsch

Multiple implants placed by specialist oral surgeon and restored by Dr Deutsch

2.) Dental implants can be used to stabilise and hold dentures.
Two to three implants can be used to stabilise a denture.
It may not be possible for physical or financial reasons to replace all missing teeth in an arch. Placing two implants to engage an existing or new denture is a relatively easy and cost effective treatment option.

There is a world of difference if a denture is retained by implants. Patients do not have to worry about teeth moving during function, have greater biting force and have less sore spots as their dentures do not move about while chewing.

There are two options to stabilise dentures with implants
A.) Hybrid implant retained dentures:- A metal framework holding denture teeth  is bolted onto four or more implants. Although a dentist can remove the appliance if required, patients will not be able to remove this restoration as hybride dentures are bolted into the implants.

Laboratory stage: Hybrid denture construction using four implants. Access holes are filled in after insertion

Laboratory stage: Hybrid denture construction using four implants. Access holes are filled in after insertion

B.) Stud retained implant denture:- A denture can be stabilised   using only two or three implants with clips or press stud type attachments that clip into the denture base. This denture is removed by the patient for daily cleaning.

Two implants holding press stud attachments holding a full lower denture

Two implants with press stud attachments holding a full lower denture