Implant Teeth

Whether you need to replace one tooth, a few teeth or all your teeth then you should consider the ultimate in dental implant prosthetics- fixed non-removable teeth.



Replacing a Few Teeth

In general if you are missing one, two or a few teeth, dental implants are today’s first choice for replacing them. Unlike traditional bridges which require extensive preparation of the adjacent teeth, dental implants do not attach to other teeth. Best of all they look and feel like a natural tooth.

For front teeth it is best for the implants to be placed at the same time that the tooth is lost, provided there is no active infection.

This photo shows one tooth replaced with a dental implant. Can you tell which one is the implant?
(dental work and photograph copyright of Dr. Arvanitis)



Replacing All Your Teeth

When you need to replace all of your teeth, then nothing is better than a new set of fixed, non-removable teeth. There are 2 kinds of restorations that can replace all of your teeth. One option is a fixed denture and the other is a fixed porcelain bridge or bridges. Both are supported by 4-8 implants per arch.

A fixed denture has the advantage of lower cost as all the teeth are off the shelf acrylic denture teeth supported by a metal and acrylic frame. Its main disadvantage is that these acrylic teeth are softer and more likely to wear out in time than porcelain. The same goes for the frame acrylic.

Fixed porcelain bridges have the advantage over stock acrylic denture teeth in that the porcelain is much stronger, wear resistant, color stable and more likely to last decades as opposed to years.

This photograph shows the front view of a fixed denture prosthetic made by Dr. Arvanitis

This photograph shows the front view of a porcelain bridge made by Dr. Arvanitis