Despite the latest innovations in dentistry, 120 million Americans have lost at least one tooth. Now, many patients prefer dental implants to treat tooth loss. They are the only treatment to replicate the entire structure of a tooth, but can implants replace multiple teeth? Yes! Dental implants are an effective solution to fill the space of one, multiple, or all missing teeth.
REPLACING TEETH WITH DENTAL IMPLANTS
A dental implant is the only prosthetic to replace the entire tooth, including the root. A titanium implant post is surgically placed into the jawbone to serve as a new root. An abutment is attached to the post to connect a custom-made crown. This method is proven to last for decades when used to treat a single tooth, so you can enjoy a lifelong solution.
If you’re missing multiple or all your teeth, don’t worry, you won’t need to treat each tooth individually. Instead, your dentist can use dental implants to support your bridge, partial, or denture. Depending on how many teeth you’re missing, there’s an option for you.
MULTIPLE MISSING TEETH
Traditionally, 1 to 3 consecutive missing teeth are treated with a fixed bridge. Your dentist takes an impression of your mouth to create prosthetics to mimic those you’ve lost. The bridge is held in place by reshaping the adjacent teeth to bond dental crowns over them. Although this is effective, you’ll need to permanently alter healthy teeth, and your bridge will need to be replaced every 5 to 10 years.
You can preserve your natural teeth and enjoy a solution that lasts for a lifetime with an implant-supported bridge. An implant post is placed at either end to secure it to your jawbone. You will enjoy the next best thing to what nature gave you.
ALL MISSING TEETH
Dental implants can also be used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. New advancements in dentistry now make dentures look and feel more realistic than ever, but they will always have their limitations because they are held in place using suction or an adhesive.
As an alternative, you can secure your denture to your jawbone using 4 to 8 implant posts. You’ll never need to worry about any slipping or irritation again while regaining as much as 70% of your natural biting force. You’ll invest in your oral health and your quality of life with an implant-retained denture.
COMPLETE YOUR SMILE TODAY!
Based on the number and location of the teeth you’re missing, your dentist will create a customized treatment plan to rebuild a beautiful smile.
About Dr. Terry Rigdon
Dr. Terry Rigdon is a well-respected dentist because of his expertise in several areas of dentistry. His experience and continued education alone make him a preferred choice for dental implants. No matter how many teeth you’re missing, Dr. Rigdon has the qualifications you can depend on. As a member of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry with Diplomat status, you can rest assured your smile is in good hands. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for dental implants.