There are two types of dental implants: single tooth implants and implants used to replace multiple teeth.
A single tooth implant works to replace the root or roots of a missing tooth, and does not involve the teeth next to it. For single tooth implants, Dr. Schultz and her laboratory will create a custom-made tooth (called a dental crown) that permanently attaches to your implant.
Implants used to replace multiple teeth are usually placed to support dental bridges and dentures. A dental implant-supported bridge does not need support from surrounding teeth, and relies instead on the strength of the implants. For patients who are missing all of their teeth, an implant-supported denture can replace these teeth, while providing more stability than conventional dentures. Because dental implants integrate (fuse) with the jawbone, they also allow for more comfortable biting and chewing with your denture(s).
Dentures and implant-supported dental bridges are also custom-made to attach to your implant for the most natural look and fit, depending on your individual treatment needs. During the fabrication of any of these prostheses (replacement tooth or teeth), you may be fitted with a temporary restoration until the permanent one is ready to be placed.
If you have a missing tooth or teeth and are interested in talking about options to replace them, contact Dr. Schultz and her team to see if dental implants may be right for you!