Implants act as an anchorage device. This anchorage may be desired temporarily or permanently. These typically titanium anchors are biocompatible with the body and can offer replacement options within the mouth just as we have artificial replacements for a joint. They can be utilized as a single tooth root to support a crown for single tooth replacement or act together as a support for a larger spanning structure. What the structure is, where it is located within the mouth, anatomical limitations, esthetics, strength, permanence, etc, all factor into how much support or anchorage is required as a foundation and where they may be placed. These larger spanning structures may be an anchored denture, crown and bridge work fixed in place, or a substructure such as a bar that in turn supports an overlying structure.
Essentially we start with where we want to be as a final result and work backwards to plan from there as to how we go about achieving that. Often there is more than one possible end result and we work with you to decide which path we should take. Sometimes the supporting bone and or soft tissues require augmentation in order to achieve the desired end result. These structures support or frame the implant and superstructures and are imperative they are evaluated and any deficiencies addressed before, during, and after implant therapy, along with the cause of such deficiencies.
As each case is different and each patient, all cases are evaluated on an individual basis. We will guide you throughout this process and act to sometimes carry them out and sometimes act to oversee this process in a collaborative effort.
Unfortunately, we can never gain back exactly what has been lost, but we would like to help you achieve optimal replacements and thus the next best thing.