Greenway Dental Care offers a full range of restorative dental treatments for missing and damaged teeth. Dr. Richard Keech will recommend multiple dental implants for patients that have missing teeth or teeth that need to be extracted.
How Many Teeth Can Multiple Dental Implants Replace?
Dental implants are a sophisticated tooth replacement system. One of the best advantages of using them is how a single implant can support many teeth. Many patients believe every single missing tooth requires a single implant. The truth is a one implant fixture can support many replacement teeth. For example, if a patient is missing four or five teeth in a row, as little as two implant fixtures can be inserted into the jaw bone to support a dental bridge. Maximizing the number of teeth the implants will support will reduce the total cost of treatment significantly.
Missing Teeth Solutions
Dr. Keech will present you will all of your options for replacing your teeth. Treatment for missing teeth includes a removable partial denture, a fixed dental bridge, or an implant supported dental bridge.
Removable Partial Denture
A full denture is used to replace an entire row of teeth however if you still have some natural teeth remaining, then a partial denture can be used. It will essentially fill in the gaps where needed. The false teeth are fused to a base that has metal clasps. These clasps will attach to the remaining teeth to hold the prosthesis in place. Even though this is an inexpensive solution, it has many disadvantages.
The metals clasps can often be seen when smiling. Furthermore, the teeth that are responsible for holding the partial in place will endure extra pressure and wear and tear often resulting in tooth decay or damage. It also does not prevent bone loss in the jaw.
Fixed Dental Bridge
Fixed dental bridges are used to replace about one to four missing consecutive teeth. It is essentially a row of teeth fused together. The fake teeth include two dental crowns that are on each end with the pontics located in the middle. The pontics are the pieces that replace the missing teeth. To secure a dental bridge, the two teeth adjacent to the gap must be grinded down to create enough room for the dental crowns. These two teeth need to be permanently reduced and endure extra stress to replace the lost teeth. However, this is a very affordable option.
Multiple Dental Implants in Fayetteville, AR
Multiple dental implants that support a dental bridge are the most stable and natural solution to replace missing teeth. At least two implant fixtures will be inserted into the jawbone then the bridge will be secured to them. This treatment will not damage or put extra strain on any remaining teeth. Additionally, it will actually prevent bone loss in the jaw. The implant fixtures will hold the bridge securely in place allowing the false teeth to function just like natural teeth.
Dr. Richard Keech replaces missing teeth with multiple dental implants at his Fayetteville, AR dentist office. This treatment option provides long-term solutions that are also highly effective. Contact Greenway Dental Care to book your consultation today!