The restorations that are supported by dental implants are designed to resemble teeth, but do they really look like teeth? If you examine the anatomy and in some cases, the positioning of an implant in comparison to how teeth look and “fit” into the mouth, you may notice some major differences in respect to diameter, shape, size, and contour.
Dental implants can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all teeth. The restorations supported by dental implants can be a single crown, multiunit bridge, full arch bridge, fixed/ removable complete and partial dentures. Out of the many different treatment options dentists may recommend, the best option would be the one that would be most cleansable by you and your dental hygienist.
Examples of dental implant restorations below:
A: Multi-unit bridge in a non-maintainable environment. B: Single implant with crown. C: Fixed hybrid denture
Having dental implants does not make you bionic, in fact, you can become more susceptible to infection if you are not equipped with the most effective home care tools specially designed for your restorative needs!
Shavonne Healy, MSDH, RDH, ICP is a registered dental hygienist and implant care practitioner at Kazemi Oral Surgery & Dental Implants
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