Implants

Implants are used in conjunction with crowns, bridges, dentures and partials to replace missing teeth. Implants can provide a stable platform that can replace single or multiple teeth. They can also be used to retain a denture or partial.

An implant is a titanium fixture which is placed in the bone of the jaw by an oral surgeon. After the implant heals, a crown, denture or partial can be fitted to the implant.

Implants allow us to do several things which were previously impossible in dentistry. Implants can replace missing teeth without requiring adjacent teeth to be prepared. They can also replace missing teeth in the back of the mouth that a bridge cannot replace. One of the best uses for implants is to retain a lower denture. Just two implants placed near the front of the mouth can make a lower denture fit almost as well as an upper denture. In some cases, implant retained lower dentures can be so retentive that they are difficult to remove.