Ways Dental Implants Can Be Used To Replace Teeth

Tooth Replacement with Dental Implants Can Be Fixed Or Removable

Fixed Options Anchored with Dental Implants – remain in the mouth and are not removable (examples: bridge, crown, fixed hybrid denture). People commonly use the word “Permanent” to mean fixed.

Removable Options Anchored with Dental Implants – can be taken in and out of the mouth and are easier to clean (example: denture, partial, “flipper”, “spit plate”).

Single Tooth Implant Replacement

What Options Are Available to Replace One Missing Tooth?

  • Single Tooth Implant vs Other Tooth Replacement Options
    Dental implants are a unique way to replace missing teeth as they function as an independent system and do not rely on adjacent teeth for support of replacement teeth. This helps to save adjacent teeth.

Does Not Rely on Adjacent Teeth for Support
Does Not Cut Down Adjacent Teeth
95 to 98 % Successful at 18 years

Relies on Adjacent Teeth for Support
Requires Teeth to be Cut Down (Prepped)
65 to 75% Successful at 7 years

Bonds to Adjacent Teeth (Bond can break)
Metal Backing Can be Ugly
40 % Successful at 5 years
Works Well as Temporary to Maintain Space

Is Removable and Can Move Around
Covers Roof of Mouth
50 % Successful at 5 years
Works Well as a Temporary

  • Single Front Tooth Implant Replacement

    Tooth Supported Bridge Single Tooth Implant
  • Single Back Tooth Implant Replacement

Tooth Supported Bridge Single Tooth Implant

Multiple Tooth Implant Replacement

What Options Are Available to Replace Multiple Missing Teeth Or All of My Teeth?

  • Fixed Options – remain in the mouth and are not removable (example: bridge, crown, fixed hybrid denture). People commonly use the word “Permanent” to mean fixed.
    • Dental Implant Crowns or Bridge
       
    • Fixed Hybrid Denture (Denture on Stilts)
  • Removable Options Anchored with Dental Implants – can be taken in and out of the mouth and are easier to clean (examples: denture, partial)

(1) Partials (“Flipper”)

   
   

In some cases, a patient can have more implants placed and switch to a non-removable option such as crowns and/ or bridges.

Removable Partial Implant Crowns or Implant Bridge (Not Removable)

(2) Dentures “Spit Plate” or “Plate”

Upper Denture without Implants

  • Only Remains in place with suction or adhesives
  • Causes more Bone Loss
  • As Bone Loss Occurs Dentures Loosen
  • Ultimately you may not be able to wear dentures.

Upper Denture Retained with Implants

  • Implant Anchor Dentures
  • Dentures “snap” in and out
  • If 4 to 6 implants are used the palate does not have to be covered with the denture.
  • Preserves Bone to Prevent Bone Loss