Multiple Missing Teeth

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If you have multiple teeth that need to be replaced, dental implants are now considered the best option.  This is especially true if the missing teeth are all in a row.  The big advantage of implants is that they prevent bone loss that sometimes happens with other options, though dental implants cost more than other treatments available.  They also keep the overall facial structure of the mouth.  Not only do other options like dentures lead to complications, but they do not address issues like bone loss or facial structure.

Partial Bridge

Using a partial bridge used to be a popular solution for replacing multiple teeth, but it is now no longer considered the best treatment option because of the advancements in dental implants.  When a bridge is placed in the mouth, the structural aspects of the bridge damage some of the natural teeth around it because they are used as anchors.  This may increase the chances of tooth loss in normally healthy teeth because of the damage caused to them.  Additionally, bridges do not stimulate the jawbone, which leads to deterioration of the bone.  On the other hand, dental implants provide the necessary stimulation and protect the jawbone along with structure and shape of the face.

Dental Implants

Implants are made of titanium, which is more compatible with the body.  It is a metal that is not often rejected by the body.  It is strong and gives the patient the permanence and longevity he or she is looking for.  Because the implant cannot be removed, a patient can avoid the complication of slipping, clicking or loosening over time.  

Once it has been decided that dental implants are the right option, a periodontist will look at your gums to determine if there is any bone loss.  If too much bone loss has occurred, then the patient might need bone grafts to ensure proper attachment of the implants.  

Implant Supported Bridge

Implants can also be used as a supported bridge.  Instead of using natural teeth as an anchor, implants are used, which helps the patient avoid any damage or loss of any existing teeth.  During this process, a temporary replacement called a “flipper” is placed and suspended while the healing process takes place.  This process can take 4-6 months and is complete when the implants are fused to the jaw bone.  Finally, the permanent device is attached in between the implanted anchor teeth and you have a supported implant bridge.

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