For a single tooth replacement an implant is inserted to replace the root of the missing tooth and a crown is fixed onto the implant. This is the normally considered the "Gold Standard" as far as replacing a missing tooth goes.
In cases where there are multiple teeth missing, multiple implants can be placed and connected with a bridge. This allows us to replace multiple missing teeth while maintaining a highly aesthetic result.
Patients with no remaining natural teeth (also known as edentulous) can have multiple implants placed and a fixed bridge placed. A fixed bridge supported by four or more implants can provide you with a full smile and improve the ability to eat.
Another way to replace missing teeth is using removable dentures that are anchored by two or more implants. Implant-retained dentures are much more convenient than standard dentures, providing excellent stability and a high level of comfort.
Sometimes there is not enough bone to place an implant. In these cases it is sometimes necessary to augment the existing bone using donor bone. This donor bone can come from the patient themselves, pig, horse, cow or an artificial mineral bone.
As technology is advancing, it has made it easier to plan the placement of dental implants. A 3D CBCT x-ray allows us to check the patient's bone levels and place the implant digitally into the patients bone on the CBCT scan.