Are you all too familiar with the struggles that come with missing multiple teeth? You may find it challenging to enjoy your favorite foods or to smile with confidence when you meet new people. You are also at risk of further oral health problems in the future, such as drifting of your remaining teeth and bone loss in the jaw. At Four Town Dental, our team may be able to help you address such issues. We offer several treatments that can replace lost teeth, restore dental function, and provide pleasing aesthetics.
We recommend that patients who are candidates for dental implants choose them to replace their lost teeth. However, there are a few non-implant treatments available:
Fixed bridge. A typical fixed bridge has two dental crowns, which we place over the teeth next to the empty space (the abutment teeth). The crowns support between one and three artificial teeth, which fill in the gap. Many patients who have suffered relatively mild tooth loss opt for a fixed bridge.
Partial dentures. A partial denture is a removable prosthetic that replaces multiple missing teeth at various places throughout a dental arch. Small metal attachments help it to remain in place.
Full dentures. A full denture is a removable restoration that replaces an entire arch of missing teeth. Natural suction or a mild adhesive help it to stay secure in the mouth.
If you opt for implant-supported tooth replacement, you will undergo a minimally invasive surgery, wherein dental implants will be placed at strategic locations throughout your jawbone. As you recover from the surgery, your bone will fuse to the implants, thus allowing them to act as substitutes for the roots of your lost teeth. This process, called osseointegration, may take a few months. After osseointegration, our team will design and place a custom bridge or denture on top of the implants. In most cases, the prosthetics are permanently attached to the implants. However, some patients are eligible for an overdenture that “snaps” onto and off of its supporting implants.
Implant-retained dental prosthetics offer numerous advantages:
Do you have multiple missing teeth, or do you know you will soon need to have a few teeth extracted? Contact Four Town Dental to schedule a consultation so we can talk about your options for rebuilding your lost teeth.