Are you missing one or more permanent teeth? Do you want the longest lasting, most natural replacement? Have you been told that you are not a candidate for implants? Were you told you needed a bridge or a removable denture?
The ideal dental implant patient is healthy, wealthy and wise.
If you do not have uncontrolled diabetes and you have a healthy immune system, you are probably healthy enough. Today, most implant surgery is minimally invasive, minimally traumatic and success is highly predictable.
Complete implant treatment, from surgery to final restoration, can range from $4,000 to $40,000 or more, depending upon many factors, such as available bone, number and location of missing teeth, and fixed or removable restoration.
In the long run, implant treatment provides highly predictable, long term health and function. It is usually superior to conventional restoration in terms of service longevity and often represents higher value in the long run.
The next three images show a fixed prosthesis replacing three teeth on the patient’s lower right side and one tooth on the patient’s lower left side.
This first image below shows the original condition of the patient. The patient was treatment planned for a three-unit implant supported fixed bridge on his lower right jaw and a single implant supported crown on his lower left (arrows).
This image shows the finished implant supported bridge on a stone cast of the patient’s lower jaw, ready to be delivered. It is often wise to splint the individual implant crowns together into a bridge, in order to achieve better biomechanical loading characteristics of the implant fixtures.
Here you can see a clinical image of the three-unit implant bridge and the single implant crown in place (arrows).
The above examples illustrate what fixed prosthesis supported by dental implants may look like. Please note that these are only two examples. There are many more different ways to construct a fixed prosthesis for implants however; the general concept remains the same.