A single tooth implant consists of a slim screw that is fused with the jawbone, and a crown that covers the artificial tooth to protect and secure it. A single tooth implant has many advantages over a bridge, including its natural look and feel, and the preservation of the surrounding healthy teeth.
A single tooth implant will not require that the adjacent teeth been ground down the way that a tooth-supported fixed bridge will. The single implant protects the bone from atrophy and reabsorption as well, keeping the facial appearance intact as the body ages. The gums are also preserved more efficiently with a single tooth implant that with a bridge.
Treatment for multiple missing teeth usually presents several options. The dentist can create a partial denture that is removable or an implant-supported bridge. With the removable partial denture, the unit is affixed to the healthy teeth using specially designed dental clasps.
With an implant-supported bridge, deterioration of the jawbone (bone atrophy) is halted, and the facial bone structure is maintained. The implant-supported bridge will protect the gums, preserve the bite, and keep the surrounding healthy teeth from migrating, shifting or becoming loose. The patient can enjoy eating all the same crunchy, brittle foods, as the implant-supported bridge will act, look and feel just like the patient’s natural teeth.
All-on-4 implants are a unique, versatile solution for the age-old problem of tooth loss. The all-on-4 system provides just 4 implants per arch, replacing the cumbersome 6-8 implants usually required. The all-on-4 implants are comfortable and convenient and are superior to dentures in their stability and longevity.
The implants are applied with tiny titanium screws that fuse with the jawbone and are covered with dental crowns tinted to match the precise tooth color of each patient. Bone grafting is seldom required with the all-on-4 units, eliminating costly and painful multiple trips to the dental clinic. The all-on-4 implants can be cleaned and maintained just like regular teeth, and will actually help to eliminate the threat of infection and disease by filling in the gaps left by missing teeth.