Implants can be used when:
- A single tooth is missing – in place of a bridge
- More than one tooth is missing – in place of partial dentures
- All teeth are missing – in place of dentures
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold or replace a tooth or bridge. Implants are more effective than bridges because they don’t rely on neighboring teeth for support. They are also far more effective at preventing bone loss in the jaw. This is because a traditional bridge has no rooting in the bone, without that root or implant stimulating the jaw bone, resorption occurs and you lose bone in your jaw.
A thorough full mouth examination should be performed prior to implant placement. Patients do need to be in good overall dental health with gums that are free of gum disease or decayed teeth as these can affect the success of implant surgery and the integration of implant success.