Implants are a very versatile form of treatment and are effective both on their own and as part of an extensive body of work.
There are several forms of implant treatment available, which vary according to whether you have lost a single tooth, several teeth, or all your teeth (also known as edentulous).
A great many implant procedures typically involve a bone graft: this is a commonly performed technique in which the dentist adds extra bone to build up a narrow or thin jawbone.
Why? Your jawbone needs to be deep and wide enough to hold an implant in place. However, many people find that they have a varying degree of bone loss, often as a result of a missing tooth or teeth.
In order to provide a solid foundation for the implant the dentist will carry out a bone graft to restore any bone loss. If the bone loss is in the upper jaw or maxillary then he or she may perform a sinus lift.
Visit the bone graft and sinus graft pages to learn more about these techniques.
Implant treatments can range from a single tooth, such as lateral incisor replacement through to crown and bridge restorations and even major reconstruction work.
These and other procedures are categorised into the following treatment categories:
- single tooth
- few/several teeth
- no teeth
To find out more, visit the single tooth, few/several teeth and no teeth pages.