Dental implants can be used to support both fixed and removable restorations. There are advantages and disadvantages, indications and contraindications for each. Both can be effective for replacing missing teeth.
In order to determine whether a prospective patient is a candidate for implants, a medical evaluation and bone volume assessment are required. Surgery can often be carried out with simple local anesthesia. Depending on the complexities of the case, light to deep sedation (sleep anesthesia) can be beneficial for a given procedure.
Dental implants have become routine (and often more conservative) in the treatment of missing teeth. Under the right conditions they can be utilized in the anterior to immediately replace a hopeless tooth or teeth. These treatments have very specific criteria but when used properly can create beautiful esthetics with minimal to know maintenance.