What Are Single Teeth Implants?
This kind of implant replaces a single tooth. It's made of three parts: the implant, the abutment, and the artificial tooth, also known as a crown.
The implant is what goes into your jawbone and acts as the roots for the artificial tooth. The abutment connects the implant and artificial tooth, or crown, which is placed last after all the healing is completed.
A single tooth implant can replace any tooth in your mouth, but it only replaces one tooth at a time.
What Are Multiple Teeth Implants?
Multiple teeth implants can be accomplished through different choices and methods. Typically, multiple teeth implants will involve using dental implants to secure a home for a bridge of teeth. Two types of multiple teeth implants are bridge dental implants and All-on-4 dental implants.
What Are Bridge Dental Implants?
The old way to place bridges was that it used the natural teeth and cement supported them. The issue that came with this form of bridge was that the neighboring teeth had to be ground down so that the bridge could be attached. This can be problematic if the natural teeth shift or if the cement washes away, because then the bridge does not function properly.
Now, bridges are more like a single artificial tooth with an individual implant. For example, two implants (screws) might be made and then a bridge of three teeth can be secured. It's the covering for the implants when more than one tooth is missing. No grinding away is needed, and the implants encourage bone growth.
What Are All-On-4 Dental Implants?
A single implant can support more than one tooth. The best example of that is All-On-4 implants, which only takes four implants (screws) to replace an entire arch of teeth.