If making the decision to have dental implants placed is the most important decision you make, then selecting the ideal prosthesis is the second most important decision you will make. A prosthesis is the dental restoration that will be placed on top of the implant(s). The following are several different types of prosthesis available. Dr. Apostolakis will further discuss which of these types will be best for your case.
A single prosthesis (also called a “crown” or “cap”) is used to replace one missing tooth – each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant.
A partial prosthesis (also called a “fixed bridge”) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants.
A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended.
A removable prosthesis (overdenture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by the dentist.
For edentulous patients (that is, patient’s that do not have any teeth), there are a few different options available.