Simply put, lost dental roots are replaced with an artificial substitute called an implant denture. New teeth are then built on top of these implants that look and work like natural teeth. Implant replacement teeth look, feel and function similar to natural teeth. If you have difficulty eating or avoid smiling in public because of slipping dentures, missing teeth or spaces, implant dentures could be a good option for you.
Most anyone that is healthy enough to undergo routine dental extractions or surgery is a possible candidate for an implant. Implants work best when there is dense, healthy jaw bone for support. Patients who suffer from uncontrolled chronic illness or systemic problems, and heavy smokers may not be good candidates for implants.
In Anterior (front teeth only) replacement cases the treatments for fixation generally are:
A fixed-detachable partial is attached to two or three implants that are located where the missing front teeth used to be. This type of treatment is removable only if needed by the denturist or other dental professionals. It sits on top of the implants and does not rest against the gums. This type of denture is similar in appearance to bridge work.
In complete denture cases the main fixation techniques are:
A retention bar is screwed to two implants. The denture has clips that securely fasten the denture to the bar. This type of denture is supported by the bar as well as the patient’s gums. This type of implant denture is removable by the patient for cleaning.
Examples of the many possible configurations: