Dental Implants to Fit Your Needs
Using dental implants, a new prosthesis (artificial tooth or teeth) can be made to fit your individual needs. No matter how many teeth are being replaced, the basic process is the same. Only the number of implants changes. If you are replacing a complete set of teeth, though, you may have the option of either a removable or fixed prosthesis.
Types of Prosthesis
Depending on your needs, a prosthesis can replace one or more teeth. The number of implants you’ll need depends on whether you’re having a single, partial, or complete prosthesis made. The more teeth being replaced, the more implants your prosthesis requires. These implants are placed to follow the shape of your jaw.
This type of prosthesis is used to replace one or two missing teeth. Each prosthetic tooth attaches to it’s own implant.
This type of prosthesis can replace two or more teeth. It is the most commonly performed implant procedure, and may require only two or three implants.
This type of prosthesis replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies, depending on the type of prosthesis you choose.
Choosing a Complete Prosthesis
A prosthesis that is used to replace a complete set of teeth may be removable or fixed. You and Dr. Hong may discuss which option is best for you. With a removable prosthesis, you can take your teeth out of your mouth to make cleaning easier. With a fixed prosthesis, your new teeth can only be taken out by a dentist. In some cases, a fixed prosthesis may offer increased stability for more effective chewing.