Many of our patients are missing or need to have multiple teeth removed. This creates a large gap in their smile that can lead to many health and speech issues if it is not addressed. Patients with many missing teeth may experience a drop in self-confidence especially if it’s their front teeth. It can also lead to speech issues and chewing difficulties. Most importantly, the patient will suffer from bone loss resulting in changes to their facial structure. This will give them that saggy, sunken in look that can add years to the appearance.
If you are missing several consecutive teeth, Virginia Beach dentist, Dr. Cappy Sinclair recommends getting a dental bridge supported by dental implants. No other option offers the same level of stability or function. Dental implant supported restorations are considered the next best option after natural teeth. Dr. Sinclair or Dr. Mark Reichley will evaluate your teeth and oral health to determine if you qualify for teeth implants.
Installing an Implant Supported Bridge
Your dentist will spend a significant amount of time in the pre-treatment and planning phase. Since no two patients are the same, a personalized treatment plan is necessary to get predictable and successful results.
Working off your treatment plan, at least two dental implant posts will be surgically implanted in the jaw. These posts will serve as anchors for the dental bridge. Dental implants need about two to six months to fully fuse with the surrounding jaw bone.
Once fully healed, a custom designed dental bridge will be secured to the implants at our Virginia Beach dentist office. The implant secured dental bridge will blend in with the rest of your natural teeth.
Alternatives to replacing multiple missing teeth include a removable partial denture or a fixed dental bridge supported by natural teeth. This type of dental bridge is supported by an anchor on both sides of gap. Instead of using dental implants, Dr. Sinclair would use two anchor teeth that will need to be grinded down to accommodate the bridge. When compared to dental implants, a dental bridge is the more affordable replacement option. The major downfall with a bridge is it will not prevent bone loss since it will not replace the tooth root. They will eventually require maintenance, repair, or replacement and may actually cost more than implants in the long run from this.
A removable partial denture is also a more affordable option but has major flaws. They may feel awkward and are hard to get used to. The function of it is not even comparable to a dental implant secured bridge. They are made of plastic and metal that is often seen when smiling. This option also does not prevent bone loss.
Benefits of Multiple Dental Implants
- Only fixed and permanent option
- Very stable and durable allowing for better chewing ability
- Prevents bone loss, preserving the facial structure and appearance
- Much more comfortable than a bridged anchored with teeth and a partial denture
- Adjacent teeth are not harmed
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