Which Prosthesis is Best for Your Case?

Deciding to get dental implants is a life changing decision. You are choosing to take action to regain your dental health and restore the beautiful smile you once enjoyed. Now that the decision is made it is time to consider what type of dental prosthesis is right for your needs. This is the new dental restoration attached to the implants and there are several different types you can choose from. After your examination our team will discuss all the options best suited to your case and help you to make your decision.


Types of dental prosthesis:

  • Crown, or cap-this is a single prosthetic device used to replace an individual tooth. Every prosthetic tooth is securely attached to a single implant.
  • Partial prosthesis, sometimes called a fixed bridge-this type of prosthetic device can replace several teeth and may only require one or two implants.
  • Complete dental prosthesis is used to every tooth in one of your jaws.
  • Complete prosthesis, removable-called an overdenture, this type of prosthetic attached to bar or ball in socket attachments.


The doctor will recommend the number of implants you will need depending upon the type of complete prosthetic you are getting. Fixed bridge prosthetics, permanent tooth replacements are recommended for patients who have lost all their teeth but not suffered extensive bone loss in the jaw. The doctor may recommend an overdenture if you have lost a significant amount of the bone needed for face/lip support. This type of prosthetic fits over the implants rather than being permanently attached.





Partial prosthesis

A partial prosthesis (also called a “fixed bridge”) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants.

Partial prosthesis

A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended.



A removable prosthesis (overdenture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by the dentist.


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Please call Nu Image Surgical Center if you have questions or would like to learn more about dental prosthetics. Our staff will be glad to answer your questions or help schedule a consultation.

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