Dental implants can be used for many oral rehabilitative or reconstructive procedures.
Some of these would include:
- Single Tooth Replacement – If a tooth has been lost previously, a dental implant can be considered for replacement. A single implant is placed in the bone and an overlying prosthetic tooth is attached by your dentist. Advantages of a single implant, when compared with a bridge for replacement of a single tooth, would be improved esthetics and elimination of the need for preparation (cutting down) of the adjacent teeth.
- Partial Prosthesis – If you have several teeth missing in a portion of your jaw, more than one implant can be placed to allow the attachment of a permanent bridge or other overlying attached prosthesis to replace these missing teeth and restore function.
- Attachment of Complete Dentures – If you currently are wearing dentures which fit poorly or are not adequate for normal chewing function, implants can be considered for firm attachment and stabilization of your dentures. Usually, three to six implants are placed in the bone for attachment of an overlying denture. The overlying denture can be a fixed device, which can only be removed by your dentist, or an overdenture device which usually clips in place or has other attachments that allow for easy removal and cleaning.