Dental implants aren’t just for a single missing tooth. They are also the ideal solution for someone missing several teeth, especially in a row. With the loss of multiple teeth, it is crucial to replace the missing teeth. It prevents bone deterioration and facial structure collapse.
Dental implants are the gold standard for those missing several teeth. Unfortunately, most dentists don’t train in the placement of dental implants. The most commonly used solution is a fixed dental bridge (if there are surrounding healthy teeth) or a removable partial (mini-denture) held in place by wire clasps that wrap around healthy teeth.
With affordable dental implants from Dr. Mark Sowell, you won’t have to deal with bulky restorations like those mentioned above.
Fixed Dental Bridges
A dental bridge requires filing down the two surrounding healthy teeth so they can act as anchors for artificial teeth. We cement the artificial teeth onto the two surrounding teeth. The damage to the surrounding teeth is permanent.
Further, statistics reveal that these damaged teeth eventually fail due to the stresses placed on them by the bridge. The result is the eventual loss of those teeth and an even longer bridge with an even shorter life span. A removable partial is unstable and uncomfortable, putting wear and stress on remaining healthy teeth.
When a patient misses several consecutive teeth, we typically use an implant anchored dental bridge. Multiple dental implants offer a vastly superior solution because they restore the lost roots, probably using fewer implants than you think. It is commonly not necessary to use an implant to replace each tooth.
A dental bridge can often replace three or more teeth. Only two implants need to be surgically placed. We secure the dental crowns to the implants on either side of the bridge. The bridge looks and feels like natural teeth. You don’t need healthy teeth for this restoration.
When restoring multiple missing teeth, two or more dental implants are placed. The patient then wears a temporary removable appliance known as an Essix aligner. It’s invisible like an Invisalign aligner and acts as replacement teeth during the healing period. These maintain a good cosmetic appearance, typically lasting from four to six months, during which the implants bond securely to the bone.
Once the implant integrates with the bone, we attach the fixed replacement teeth and complete the procedure. In some cases, immediate load implants restored right away can minimize the healing period and avoid the necessity of an aligner.
How many implants will I need?
The number of implants you will need depends on the type of dental restoration you are getting. For multiple missing teeth, the location and number will determine whether you need a dental bridge, partial denture, or full denture. We determine the number of implants you’ll need to secure a restoration at your implant consultation.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are made to last a lifetime but rely on the patient practicing good oral hygiene and visiting our Plano dentist office for routine dental care. This allows our team to monitor the health and stability of the implant or implant-supported appliance.