WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental Implants are the ideal replacement for a tooth root. The most used material is Titanium and it was first presented in the medical world as a reliable solution for missing teeth in 1982, after a 10 year follow up research with a 90%+ success rate. This process is called osseointegration and usually take 6-12 weeks.
Dental implants resemble the shape of the root and internally have a internal screw that connects the implant in the bone to the oral cavity.
They can be used to replace one site to a full arch. The number position of implants (foundations) will depend on bone quality, quantity and most importantly what type of outcome are we aiming from the treatment, sometimes we used dental implants for aesthetical reasons, function or both and that will influence the above.
Since then various designs and brands have enabled various options:
SINGLE TOOTH REPLACEMENT
The implant is placed on the site where the tooth was lost. Implant + Abutment (connector) + Crown on top
MULTIPLE TEETH REPLACEMENT
Usually 2 implants supporting 3 units bridge (crowns)
Are more complex cases and they are used to improve function of a non stable lower denture. They vary from 2-6 implants per arch and can hold a fixed, fixed removal or removable option