Implants are used to replace missing roots and to hold replacement teeth in place. Implants can be permanent or not.
- Your dentist or oral surgeon will insert a little retention pin in your jaw.
- With time, the retention pin will integrate itself to the bone tissue.
- The retention pin or implant forms a solid base that will support one artificial tooth or more.
As the implant integrates itself to the bone tissue, it can almost be treated like a natural tooth, except that it is a little more delicate, thus needing gentle care when it comes to brushing and flossing. Every surface of the implant has to be cleaned very gently. A toothbrush with longer bristles will help you clean the back of the implant. Dental flossing is essential every day. The floss has to be delicately passed where the implant goes into the gum. A floss threader could be useful.
Implantology is not appropriate for everybody. To be a good candidate, you must:
- Be in good health
- Have healthy gums
- Have enough solid bone tissue in your jaw to support the implant.
The mandibular base will normally shrink when there is no more teeth to support. As the implant integrates itself into the bone tissue, there is less chance for the reduction to happen. On the other hand, if the teeth have been missing for a long time, the bone mass will have most probably reduced. A bone graft could replenish the mandibular base in order for it to better support the implant. Your dentist or dental specialist will determine if you are a good implant candidate.
It is also necessary for you to
- Have many examinations by your dentist or specialist until the work is completed;
- Take particular care of your implants;
- Have a good mandibular base in order to support the implant
The fixed bridge is one of the options to replace one or more missing teeth. It is based on the principle that the teeth located on both sides of the space serve as pillars.
Installation of a traditional bridge
A bridge consists of an artificial tooth inserted between two crowns.
The installation involves the preparation of the abutment teeth in order to receive the crowns. After fitting the prosthesis, the bridge is permanently cemented in the mouth. It can also be fixed on dental implants.