A new type of denture, which is gaining popularity, is the Implant retained denture that can be used to replace some or all teeth. This type of denture comprises of metallic implants that are embedded into the bone and give support for artificial teeth.
A natural tooth has a crown - the part that is above the gums, and a root - the anchor hidden below the gums. When a tooth is missing, a dental implant takes the place of the missing root and a prosthetic crown replaces the natural crown.
Implants provide additional support where teeth are missing without putting forces onto remaining natural teeth. They may be used to support the replacement of a single missing tooth or a complete functional set for individuals who have lost many or all of their teeth.
A Titanium fixture is used (as it is compatible with human body) and it serves as a replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Implants are root shaped, metal anchors that are imbedded, under the gums, and are supported by jaw bone. Over these implants are secured bridges or dentures that give maximum function, just like the function of natural teeth.