When you have multiple missing teeth, it’s essential that you replace them as soon as possible. The longer you have missing teeth, the more likely you are to suffer from bone loss, a sagging face, and more consequences. We recommend multiple dental implants to replace your missing teeth and support your long term health at our Silver Spring, MD dental office.
Both Dr. Alan Dechter and Dr. Matthew Moy have extensive post-graduate training and education in dental implants and other fields of dentistry. We want to provide our patients with the highest level of care possible. Our office is up to date with the latest dental technology and we make sure to keep up with the newest treatment techniques.
Using Multiple Dental Implants to Replace Missing Teeth
There are a few different ways we can use dental implants to replace multiple missing teeth. Your dentist will discuss the possibilities with you, and recommend what is best for your specific case.
One of the most popular is with a fixed bridge, which consists of many separate pieces. There are also implant-supported dentures, which attach to the jaw bone and don’t require you to wear them all the time. However, they’re not removable like the full denture.
Finally, there are individual fixed (non-removable) bridges supported by just one main anchor tooth that’s placed into your gum tissue. This option is great for patients who still want a few natural looking teeth left on their smile fronts as they age.
Individual Teeth Implants
We can use individual implants to replace every tooth. Our dentists usually recommend using this method if the missing teeth aren’t consecutive, or are in different places in your mouth. The dentist will place an implant post for each missing tooth and top it off using a custom dental crown.
Implant-supported Dental Bridge
If you have missing teeth that are consecutive, an implant supported dental bridge is an option. An implant supported bridge can replace three or more consecutive missing teeth. You will need at least two implant fixtures to anchor each end of the dental bridge. Occasionally, patients need more to stabilize the bridge.
Instead of putting the stress of supporting a bridge on your natural teeth, dental implants do this job. This helps preserve more of your natural teeth. When natural teeth support a bridge, they’re more likely to suffer from tooth decay or damage. The stress of supporting a dental bridge can take a toll on them. With dental implants, you don’t have to worry about that.
If you’re missing a full arch of teeth, implant supported dentures can do the trick. Your dentist will place a select number of implants in the jaw. After the implant surgery, you will need to wait several months before they can attach a denture to them. This gets you the benefits of multiple dental implants with a bit less cost.
Traditional Methods to Replace Missing Teeth
Typically, a removable partial denture, full denture, or a fixed dental bridge can be used to replace multiple teeth. A removable partial uses metal clips to attach the piece to your mouth, which can be visible. You aren’t able to eat a full regular diet because it isn’t very stable. You also have extra maintenance to make sure it stays clean.
With removable dentures, you have to make sure you find a dental adhesive that works for you. Otherwise, you risk your restoration slipping or falling out. You will also have to replace dentures over time because your jawbone continues to deteriorate, changing the fit.
The fixed bridge attaches to natural teeth to stay reported. As we stated before, this can cause damage to these teeth. While we can use a dental crown to make the tooth more stable, that also means removing a large amount of tooth structure when it isn’t exactly necessary.
These options do not offer as many benefits as multiple dental implants provide. However, they do not require a surgical procedure. They also cost less and your dentist can complete the procedures faster.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
There are many benefits of dental implants. They’re the gold standard of tooth replacement for many good reasons. We recommend dental implants for tooth replacement whenever possible for a patient with many missing teeth. The benefits include:
- Replacing the full tooth root as well as the crown
- Getting back 100% of your bite function
- Easy care routine
- Looking and feeling the most like natural teeth
- Being a permanent restoration that you don’t have to worry about
Do you think multiple dental implants could be the best solution for your missing teeth? Getting multiple dental implants in Silver Spring, MD is so easy! Call us or schedule an appointment online for an evaluation with an implant dentist.