Dental Implants for Multiple Teeth
For patients missing several teeth, dental implants provide a more stable alternative to bridges and full and partial dentures. Dental implants are the most versatile tooth replacement option available, and are effective in replacing one tooth or a full arch. The reason dental implants are so versatile is that they replace the entire missing tooth from the root up. This root replacement allows dental implants to support dental prosthetics, maintain bone density and gum tissue volume, and feel completely natural.
Implant-Supported Dental Bridge
Traditional crown and bridge procedures are used to replace between 1 and 3 consecutive missing teeth by using surrounding, healthy teeth as an anchor. A fixed bridge is a single dental prosthetic comprised of two dental crowns on either side of replacement teeth. The entire structure is cemented into place by crowns placed over surrounding healthy teeth. Overtime, the cement holding the entire prosthetic in place can wear down causing the bridge to shift, supporting teeth to become susceptible to decay, and increasing risk for gum disease. An implant-retained bridge uses one or two titanium implant posts to anchor the tooth replacement prosthetic for a more stable, durable result that has no effect on healthy dental structure.
Dental Implant-Retained Full & Partial Dentures
Full and partial removable dentures have long been used to replace numerous nonconsecutive missing teeth and full arches of missing teeth. Innovations in denture comfort, durability, and stability have made them popular options for years. Unfortunately, removable dentures don’t retain bone density and gum tissue volume. Overtime, loss of bone and gum tissue leads to difficulty speaking and chewing, painful jaw joints or TMJ disorder, and the necessity to refit dentures every few years.
Unlike removable dentures, implant retained dentures are permanently supported by a prosthetic root structure that mimics the natural tooth. Implant supported dental prosthetics allow patients to eat all their favorite foods without fear, maintain their oral hygiene routine, and look forward to years of natural looking and feeling smiles.
How Implant Supported Dental Prosthetics Work
Implant-retained dentures are supported by strategically placed titanium dental implant rods. Not every individual tooth is supported by an implant, but there are enough dental implants in place to provide sound structure for a prosthetic. For instance, a dental bridge replacing three consecutive teeth will likely need two implant posts where as a full arch tooth replacement needs evenly distributed implants to adequately support a full denture. Each patient’s case is different, and in order to provide the most effective tooth replacement, a unique plan is developed based on the individual’s bone density levels, gum health, number of missing teeth, age, and other determining characteristics.
The benefits of multiple implant tooth replacement include:
- Easy Care
- No Dietary Changes
- Long Lasting
Find Out More about Dental Implants
Not all patients are good candidates for dental implants, but advances in dental implant technology make this treatment possible for more patients every year. Call James Block Dentistry to schedule your dental implant consultation with our friendly Fremont dental team to find out whether you’re a good candidate for dental implant tooth replacement.