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Dental implants have an advantage over other prosthodontic treatments in that they not only replace the tooth, but also the root. This means that they will look and function just like a healthy natural tooth.

For replacement of a single tooth, a dental bridge is often the other popular option. The dental bridge helps patients regain proper chewing function and aesthetics while preventing the shifting of the remaining healthy teeth. However, a bridge doesn’t replace the tooth root, and therefor doesn’t prevent the deterioration of jawbone that can occur when there is no root present.

The dental bridge also requires grinding down of the adjacent teeth on either side of the gap in order to support the bridge. Over time, this procedure can compromise the health of these teeth and cause the surrounding gums to recede.

Teeth implants

Implant Supported Crowns

Implant supported crowns involve the planting of titanium post “tooth roots” for every missing tooth. Connectors called abutments are secured onto each of the implants then capped with dental crowns. In this way, every missing tooth is not only replaced with a new artificial tooth but also with an artificial tooth root. This is the option that will best support the patient’s long-term dental health as missing tooth roots can result in deterioration of the jawbone which can lead to structural changes and sagging facial features.

Implant Supported Bridge

While replacing every tooth root may be the most ideal scenario, this may be unrealistic or overwhelming for various reasons. Whether the reasons are financial or due to the extensive and invasive nature of oral surgery involved with multiple teeth implants, the implant supported bridge provides another solution that is desirable.

In this case, two titanium posts are placed on each end of the gap of adjacent missing teeth. These posts are then used to support the dental bridge rather than the adjacent natural teeth as with the traditional dental bridge.

What are my other options?

Alternative prosthodontic solutions for multiple missing teeth include the traditional dental bridges or partial dentures. A traditional dental bridge utilizes the healthy adjacent natural teeth on either side of the gap to support the bridge rather than placing teeth implants. The partial dentures are removable devices that may be fitted to existing teeth during the day and removed overnight.  

What are the advantages of multiple teeth implants over other prosthodontic devices?

The key advantage to teeth implants over any other prosthodontic solution is their ability to preserve the bone. Because implants are the only option that replace the tooth root, this allows them to fuse with the jawbone to maintain their health.

Teeth implants are also superior in that they require no support from adjacent teeth. Both traditional dental bridges and partial dentures need to be supported by the healthy natural teeth, which can often cause weakening and damage to these teeth and even the surrounding gums. Furthermore, dentures can often be uncomfortable and cumbersome, and require ongoing adjustments as bone deterioration continues to affect jaw structure over time.

Do I need to replace my missing teeth?

The short answer is yes! Absolutely!

Finding a prosthodontic solution to multiple missing teeth is not only a question of aesthetics. Even a single missing tooth can affect speech and hinder your ability to chew. When this is multiplied into several missing teeth, the limitations also multiply. Chewing only on one side of the mouth is likely to cause structural issues with the jaw and result in a lopsided appearance. A large gap in your teeth will cause the other teeth to shift, which can also result in jaw alignment issues.

In short, we recommend dealing with missing teeth as quickly as possible in order to prevent the further damage that can be caused by leaving the gaps untreated.

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