Implant Prosthesis (non-removable)
Impressions are taken of the implant abutments and the appropriate shade is selected for the new replacement teeth. These will be sent to the laboratory technician, who will fabricate the new replacement teeth, as well as any structures (metal bars) that will be attached to the abutments to secure the prosthesis. The prosthesis can be made with acrylic, which is a hard plastic material, or porcelain, depending upon multiple factors, such as the strength of the patient’s bite and whether the patient grinds their teeth, as well as the patient’s esthetic requirements.
There are usually a few appointments with the restorative dentists to try the framework and prosthesis in place to ensure the proper fit and position, as well as the appearance of the replacement teeth before the prosthesis is seated. The final prosthesis is retained with small screws that fit into the metal framework and attach to the abutments and cannot be removed by the patient.