Dental implants and implantology
Dental implants are used to replace lost teeth or teeth with a hopeless prognosis. Implants serve a wide range of functions:
- Replacing single lost teeth: usually an implant consists of an osseointegrated implant fixture, abutment that connects it with a crown and an implant crown.
- As a support to a bridge: to replace a longer toothless area.
- To restore the entire fixed occlusion of an upper or lower jaw:
- As a support to an overdenture: traditional dentures frequently move out of place, which is why patients quit wearing them altogether. Implants can also be used to hold dentures in place.