Single-Tooth And Multi-Teeth Implant-Based Restorations

If you have lost one or more teeth, your dentist may have already mentioned some of the benefits of dental implants. In addition to offering a stable, durable platform for tooth-replacement devices, dental implants also promote the health of the jawbones.

The devices transfer stimulating pressure to the bone tissue. In turn, additional bone cells are created, supporting the jawbone.

Depending on the number of teeth that need to be replaced, an implant may be paired with different crown-replacement devices.

Here is a bit of information about single-tooth and multi-teeth dental implant restorations.

Single-Tooth Restorations

A dental implant can be used as the foundation of a single-tooth replacement. During an in-office procedure, the dentist inserts the implant through the gums and into the jawbone. Thus, the device is embedded into the bone of the jaw

During the following months, bone cells grow around the implanted device, securing it in place. This process, which is called osseointegration, results in the full stabilization of the dental implant, allowing it to withstand the bite pressure required for normal mastication.

When an implant is used as the foundation of a single-tooth restoration, the device is topped with an abutment to connect it to a dental crown. Before the abutment and crown are added to the implant, the gums around the device may be contoured to promote a natural aesthetic effect.

An implant may also support a fixed bridge to replace a lost tooth. A dental bridge is commonly used in the replacement of a single tooth. The device is made up of a false replacement tooth bordered by dental crowns that attach the bridge to the abutment teeth. However, in some cases, an abutment tooth may not be available. In such an instance, a bridge crown can be attached to a dental implant.

Multi-teeth Restorations

A dental implant can serve as the foundation for a variety of devices that are designed to replace multiple teeth, such as dentures and all-on-fours.

An implant-supported denture is equipped with an attaching mechanism on its underside. The mechanism allows denture wearers to attach their dentures to underlying dental implants and release the attachment to remove the dentures for cleaning.

All-on-fours work in a similar manner to implant-supported dentures. However, the devices can only be removed by a dental professional. Instead of a releasable attaching mechanism, the all-on-fours are secured in the mouth by screws.

The screws provide a firm, stable attachment to the four dental implants that support the appliance.

For more information about the use of implants to restore lost teeth, schedule a consultation with a dentist in your local area.