A dental implant creates a stable base for replacement teeth, but it needs to hold something in place in order to provide functionality. At Smile Builder Dentures, we offer a variety of implant restorations, including partials, crowns, and implant-supported dentures.
When there are missing teeth, but some natural teeth still remain, partial dentures are a good option. They do not require dental implants to stay in place; they connect to the natural teeth via clasps or connectors. However, dental implants can offer a more secure fit.
An alternative to dental bridges, these are single-tooth implants that are more stable and do not rely on the natural teeth. Once a dental implant is in place, an abutment, which can be made of titanium, gold, or porcelain, is attached to it with a screw. This acts as a connector between the implant and the crown itself; it is shaped like a natural tooth that has been prepared (shaved down) to receive a crown. The restoration (the crown itself) is then screwed or cemented onto the abutment. It can be made of porcelain fused to a metal alloy, all metal, or all porcelain.
Like partial dentures, complete dentures can stay in the mouth without dental implants, resting on the gums. But if a more stable tooth replacement is wanted, dentures can be fitted onto dental implants. Implant-supported dentures are usually made for the lower jaw because those require more stability; upper dentures are usually fairly stable on their own and do not need the extra support of implants. However, implant-supported dentures can be made for both the upper and lower jaw. They snap into place via special attachments and are removable for daily cleaning.