There are times when only a single tooth is missing either in the front or back of the mouth. A single implant is placed into the empty space followed by a cap or crown several months later.
Advantages:The teeth adjacent to the space do not have to be reduced as in conventional bridgework, thus maintaining the integrity of these adjacent teeth for many years. A removable partial denture for a single tooth does not have to be worn.
When several teeth are missing, several implants are placed simultaneously followed by placement of crowns or bridges several months later.
Advantages: The adjacent teeth from the space do not have to be reduced as in conventional bridgework, thus maintaining the integrity of these adjacent teeth for many years. The new crowns or bridges do not rely on the strength of the adjacent teeth. A removable partial denture does not have to be worn.
Full Arch Implants
Often times, all of the patient's teeth in the arch are missing. If occurred many years before, it is highly likely the remaining bone support has shrunk, thus making a full denture uncomfortable or impossible.
Dental research studies document that a person with full upper and lower dentures can only bite 10-15% as hard as a person with natural teeth. People who have experienced recent loss of all of their natural teeth can benefit greatly from dental implants.
There are many ways to approach this situation. The number of implants placed will depend upon how firm or stable the new teeth must be for the patient to feel confident about their teeth.
Advantages: Firmer, more stable teeth and increased bite strength. Fewer sore spots. Less bone shrinkage in the areas of the implants years from the time of placement.
Implants Frequently Asked Questions
How long will an implant last?
Generally, implants can last between 15 - 20 years based on the data known at present. The future overall health of the patient and how well the implants are maintained will add or subtract years from that estimate.
How old can you be and still have implants placed?
The health status of the patient is the determining factor, not age. It would be better to place an implant in a healthy 90-year old than an unhealthy 45-year old.