What type of prosthetics can be installed in the implant?
Once an implant is placed in the patient’s mouth, there are a number of options as far as what type of prosthesis can be attached to the abutment. Dr. Ed Philips and his team located in the city of Toronto have several years of experience attaching crowns, dentures and fixed bridges to abutments, which can be supported by an implant. For multiple tooth prosthetics, the patient may require more than one implant in order to secure the prosthetic. They can be further supported by the adjacent teeth when used to anchor the bridge. Typically this type of bridge is a fixed one that cannot be removed by the wearer. These bridges can also consist of as few as two prosthetics, to as many as a full row, which would essentially be a denture. There are also dentures that the wearer can remove. These types of prosthetics have a connector at the anchor points or the abutment itself that allows the individual to remove the denture with minimal effort.
The recovery process from start to finish can take several weeks or months, depending on how quickly the patient heals. The primary goal of all cosmetic dentists is to achieve osseointegration with the initial implantation. Osseointegration is the process of binding the implant to the bone structure, which can occur naturally as long as the implant is embedded properly and not rejected by the body. The process can take as much as six months to ensure primary implant stability, but after the process has taken hold, the dentist can proceed with installing the prosthetic tooth, bridge or denture.
Signs that an implant has achieved stability include a lack of:
- Bone loss