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Natural Tooth vs. Implant
An implant is used to replace the root of a missing tooth. This diagram demonstrates the similarity between a natural tooth and an implant. The root of the tooth is fixed in the jaw bone and the top of the natural tooth has been prepared to receive a crown. Similarly, the implant is fixed within the jaw bone and replaces the root of the natural tooth. The post attached to the implant is similar to the top of the prepared tooth. It too, is ready to receive a crown.
The process of making a crown on a natural tooth and an implant is very similar. Impressions are required of the mouth and models are made, upon which the crowns are fabricated. Crowns on natural teeth or implants can be made of metal and/or porcelain, and are fabricated to replace the size, shape and color of the natural teeth. This diagram demonstrates how the crowns fit over the prepared natural tooth and over the implant post in the same way. The crown on the natural tooth is cemented in place. On the implant it is either screwed or cemented in place. An implant supported crown is almost like having your natural tooth back!
Reconstruction with Multiple Implants
This individual has advanced deterioration of her oral health. We can see decay around some existing fillings, as well as wear of the remaining teeth.
The multiple missing teeth have been replaced with dental implants as seen in this xray. The remaining teeth have been restored with all ceramic crowns.
n this view we are looking at some natural teeth with crowns and some implants with crowns. With this esthetic result, it is difficult to tell which crowns are supported by implants and which crowns are supported by natural teeth.
Using implants and all ceramic crowns provides a fixed prosthetic solution that is both functional and esthetic in appearance. It’s like having your natural teeth back!
Single Esthetic Implant
This x-ray shows the implant positioned in the jaw bone. A post will be attached to the implant, upon which the final crown will be placed to replace the missing tooth.
- This young individual was in an accident which resulted in the loss of his front tooth. A single tooth implant is the best choice to replace this missing tooth. A bridge is not the best choice. The teeth on either side of the space do not have any fillings in them. Shaving these teeth down for the placement of a bridge would permanently damage them, and these teeth may require other treatment.
The final crown (cap) has been fabricated and cemented onto the post which is attached to the implant. A small bonded restoration was also placed on the other front tooth to provide a balanced esthetic result. This implant supported crown provides a beautiful esthetic replacement for the missing tooth.
Upper Denture with Locator Attachment
If you have lost all of your upper teeth, implants with locator attachments can be used to stabilize a denture. First, implants are placed into the jaw bone, upon which the locator components are attached.
Locator attachments have two parts – one part (shown in gold) that attaches to the implant, and a second part (shown in blue) that is placed into the denture.
The blue component can be easily replaced to adjust the retention of the denture. When the denture is in place, the two components of the attachment fit together.
Using implants with locator attachments, the denture is held firmly in place to help prevent movement, reduce sore spots and improve chewing function. The denture can be removed for easy maintenance.