Dentures or Bridges

The implants are usually fitted with either ball abutments or with a bar attachment which correspond to precision attachments within the fitting surface of the denture.

Overdentures do provide greater retention, increased stability and the overdenture can still be removed for cleaning. However, it is essentially still a denture, therefore, you can still have slight movement of the overdenture or irritation of the tissues, particularly if you get small particles of food caught underneath the fitting surface.

Fixed Prosthodontics

If you are missing a single tooth or multiple teeth there are two fixed options available, a tooth borne bridge an implant retained crown or bridge.

Tooth Borne Bridge

A tooth borne bridge replaces a missing tooth or teeth by placing one or more crowns onto the teeth on either side of the space which support the false tooth or teeth, known as pontics. (For more information regarding crowns please click here

Bridges are a viable option where the teeth either side of the space are heavily filled or would benefit from crowning. In situations where the teeth either side of the space are healthy or unrestored, preparing the teeth for crowns is usually not recommended as it would prove quite destructive and a free standing implant retained crown or bridge would be the preferred treatment option.

Implant Retained Crown or Bridge

A dental implant is a titanium fixture surgically placed into the jawbone acting as a replacement of the missing tooth root. The dental implant fuses with the jawbone, a process know as osseointegration, it is a fixed and permanent prosthesis used to support a crown or a bridge. The dental implant restoration looks and functions just like natural teeth. (For more information regarding crowns please click here

Dental implants are now considered the standard of care for the replacement of singe, multiple or a full arch of missing teeth.

For more information regarding dental implants and their specific application in dentistry today, please click here

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