A dental implant is a post like fixture made up of Titanium (like a tooth root) that is surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gum line that allows your dentist to mount replacement tooth or multiple teeth forming a bridge into that area. Unlike a denture dental implant is fixed.
An implant-supported bridge is similar to a regular dental bridge, but it is supported by implants and not by natural teeth. In most cases, when an implant-supported bridge is used, one implant is placed in the jawbone for each missing tooth. Then the crowns are connected to each other to form one piece.
In some cases, your dentist may not want to put an implant in a certain place in your mouth. There may not be enough jawbone to support an implant, or the location may be too close to a nerve or sinus cavity (located above your upper teeth). In that case, your dentist can avoid the area by placing implants on both sides of the space. An implant-supported bridge will be placed on top.
Before any work is done, at Care Dental, Dr Amit Sadhwani, a Prosthodontist who has an advanced training in the placement and restoration of implants will do a comprehensive examination. During the exam, he will review your medical and dental histories, take X-rays and create impressions of your teeth and gums so that models can be made. In some cases, we may require a computed tomography (CT) scan of your mouth. This will show where your sinuses and nerves are to make sure that they will not be affected by the implants.
You may require a CBCT scan if we are unsure how much bone is available to hold the implants in place. People missing more than one tooth are more likely to have lost bone. Therefore, CBCT scans are more common for multiple-implant surgeries than for single-implant surgeries.
If the X-rays and CBCT show that your jaw does not have enough bone to hold an implant, the dentist can discuss options. These include bone grafting or bone augmentation, for building up the bone. If you need one of these procedures, it will take about four months for the bone to be ready for the implant.
Your implant-supported crown or a bridge will feel more secure and comfortable than a removable partial denture, which rests on the gums. You should be able to chew normal food comfortably, and the bridge would look like the natural teeth it is replacing.
Get yourself moving for a consultation at Care Dental today, where our experts will find an appropriate solution for your replacement of missing teeth.