Depending on your needs, a prosthesis can replace one or more teeth. The number of implants you’ll need depends on whether you’re having a partial, complete denture, or single prosthesis made. The more teeth being replaced, the more implants your prosthesis requires. These implants are placed to follow the shape of your jaw.
Single Tooth Replacement
This type of prosthesis is used to replace one or two missing teeth. Each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant, similar to your natural teeth.
This type of prosthesis can replace two or more teeth. It is the most commonly performed implant procedure, and my require only two or three implants.
Complete Denture Prosthesis
This type of prosthesis replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies, depending on the type of prosthesis you choose.
Types of Complete Denture Prostheses
A prosthesis that is used to replace a complete set of teeth may be removable or fixed. You and your Houston restorative dentist may discuss which option is best for you. With a removable prosthesis, you can take your teeth out of your mouth to make cleaning easier. With a fixed prosthesis, your new teeth can only be taken out by a dentist. In some cases, a fixed prosthesis may offer increased stability for more effective chewing.
With a removable prosthesis, your new teeth can be joined to the abutments by a connecting device, such as a clip bar. This type of prosthesis may use two to four dental implants per jaw and they are very stable and secure.
With a fixed prosthesis, your teeth are fitted to a metal frame, which is then secured to the abutments. A fixed prosthesis may use five to six implants, which are placed to follow the contour of your jaw.
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