A dental implant is a titanium root from metal which is placed into the jawbone. It is used to support one or more false teeth. (In practice, both the false teeth and their supporting rod are known as 'implants')
Implants with Bar
Bar Retained Full Denture Implant consists on a metal bar attached to the implants. This bar acts as support to the entire denture of a jawbone. It may require 2 to 6 implants depending on the amount and quality of bone, as well as for which jaw (upper or lower) the overdenture is being planned This solution is used when there is a severe jaw damage problem and many pieces are missing.
When an implant is placed, it can be some months before the new tooth is fitted. A temporary denture can be made for cosmetic purposes. But the impact from the lower jaw can disturb the implant and affect the healing process. As an alternative an adhesive bridge can be made which is fixed to the adjacent tooth. This provides a tiny, but permanent gap between the tooth and the new implant.
Opening a Lateral Space
Fixed braces can be used to open gaps as well as close them. A fixed brace can make space for the correct size tooth to be implanted.