A dental implant is a titanium post (like a tooth root) that is surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gum line that allows your dentist to mount replacement teeth or a bridge into that area. An implant doesn’t come loose like a denture can. Dental implants also benefit general oral health because they do not have to be anchored to other teeth, like bridges.
DENTAL BRIDGES & CROWNS
Bridges and crowns are fixed prosthetic devices that are cemented onto existing teeth or implants by a dentist or prosthodontist. Crowns are used most commonly to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth or cover an implant. Bridges are commonly used to cover a space if you’re missing one or more teeth. They are cemented to natural teeth or implants surrounding the space where the tooth once stood.
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and adjacent tissues. It is made of acrilyc resin, sometimes with various metals.
There are two different types:
- Complete dentures: replace all the teeth.
- Partial dentures: fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from changing positions.