For patients who have missed teeth and for which this is a problem, whether aesthetically or in terms of ability to eat normally, treatment using dental implants is highly effective at both restoring confidence and improving wellbeing and ability to eat properly. The type of implant which is best suited to the patient and their individual needs.
Patients with only one missing tooth are sufficient enough to be able to use the simplest type of implant: a crown. A crown is fitted with only one dental implant, meaning that it is quicker and less invasive or painful than other types of dental implants. The crown is held in place by one single implant.
Bridges are more complex than a single crown. They are the dental implants of choice when there are three or more missing teeth. Whereas each crown requires its own implant, a bridge allows two implants to hold in crowns while an additional crown in between them 'bridges' them together. Where a significant amount of teeth are missing it is possible to design a bridge in such a way that one entire arch of bridgework can be held in with just four implants.
In several cases of tooth loss, when most of the teeth are missing, the gum and bone recedes as it is no longer needed to hold teeth in place. This makes it more difficult to use dental implants since there is less chance of the implant fusing properly with the bone. In these cases, dentures can be made. They include a section of prosthetic gum made from acrylic or ceramic and they can be removed by the patient for cleaning.