Are you familiar with dental prosthetics like bridges and dentures? Have you also learned a bit about dental implants, which replace both the roots of your teeth and support the visible part of them, as well? If so, you may find yourself scratching your head when you hear mention of implant-retained prosthetics as tooth replacement solutions. Not quite sure what to make of this restorative treatment but your interest has been piqued? Learn more about what this term means to find out if it may offer a solution suited to your tooth loss needs.
What “Implant Retained” Means
When you choose a dental prosthetic without relying on dental implants, you are choosing a traditionally supported prosthetic. This means your tooth replacement will rely on either suction or remaining teeth for stability. If you decide to choose an implant-retained prosthetic, this means that you will first undergo oral surgery during which we will implant titanium posts into your jaw tissue. The posts will replace your roots and, once you finish healing, they will provide support to (or “retain”) a prosthetic.
Implant-Retained Prosthetic Options
Your implant-retained prosthetic will not be identical to a traditionally supported one. Instead, it will be custom-crafted and modified to fit over the dental implants for stable support. Implant-retained prosthetics include the following:
- Full Denture: A full denture replaces a complete series of missing teeth on an upper or lower arch.
- Partial Denture: A partial denture replaces mild to severe tooth loss (partial tooth loss) in most patterns.
- Dental Bridge: A bridge replaces one tooth or a series of two or three missing teeth in a row.
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