A dental implant is replacement of a missing tooth root. It is placed in the jaw bone and over a few months the bone grows and attaches to the implant. Once the area heals, an abutment and a crown are attached to the implant and the result is the most predictable, longest lasting replacement of a missing tooth.
While the base implant(s) remains the same, there are several different methods of replacing several missing teeth. In this situation, multiple implants need to be placed and tooth replacement options are fixed or removable. A fixed option replaces some or all teeth and stays in the mouth such that the patient can not remove them. A removable option replaces all missing teeth and is removed by the patient. There are several factors that determine which treatment option is right for a given patient including patient desires, patient’s oral health, amount and quality of jaw bone, and budget.
This is a full upper or lower arch restoration that is never removed by the patient.
● Requires the placement of six to eight implants.
● The more implants that are placed the better. This will provide more support
for the restoration and less stress on each implant.
● Allows less stress on the bone to implant interface, which will result in greater long term success and survival of the implants and restoration.
ADVANTAGES OF FIXED RESTORATIONS
DOES NOT have to be removed.
Often able to have an immediate non-removable interim appliance.
FULL ARCH REMOVABLE IMPLANT RESTORATIONS
REMOVABLE (Upper arch)
A full upper arch denture attached to implants to be removed by the patient daily.
There are two different options:
- Four implants placed with a ball over-denture. This preserves bone in the area
of the implants. There is increased retention and stability of the denture with
- Six implants placed with a bar over-denture. This preserves the bone in the area of the implants. There is NO movement with this denture.
REMOVABLE (Lower arch)
A full lower arch denture attached to implants to be removed by the patient daily.
There are three different options:
- Two implants placed with a ball over-denture. This preserves the bone in the
areas of the implants. The implants are placed in the anterior region. There
is increased retention with this denture. It does not STOP all denture
movement. It is only designed to help stabilize and prevent the denture from
- Three implants with a ball over-denture. This preserves the bone in the area of the implants. There is increased stability and more retention with this denture than in the above option. There will still be some movement with this denture.
- Five implants placed with a bar over-denture. There will be bone preservation
in the entire arch and NO movement of this denture.
ADVANTAGES OF REMOVABLE RESTORATIONS
- More hygienic- easier to clean
- More cost effective
- Easier and less expensive to repair or replace
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- Lowest radiation possible
- Quick, easy and comfortable scan of the mouth, face and jaw
- Immediate virtual diagnosis and treatment planning in one visit
- More security and less time during surgery
- Allows patients to understand their treatment with greater clarity and accuracy.