Multiple Tooth Replacement

 

An implant bridge

Why we need to replace missing teeth

Placing a bridge after teeth have been lost can prevent a chain reaction of problems that could affect your entire mouth. Teeth need each other for support, and when a tooth is lost, the biting forces change on the teeth next to the space, causing them to shift. When a tooth on the opposite arch no longer has anything to chew against, it begins to extrude out of the socket. You can eventually end up losing it too.

As your bite changes, it gets harder and harder to chew your food, and your jaw joint, the TMJ, may be damaged. It's also much harder to clean teeth that have shifted. Harmful plaque and tartar collect in these new hard-to-reach places, causing cavities and permanent bone loss that comes with gum disease.

A bridge supported by implants

Dental implants are small titanium cylinders that are surgically inserted into the bone of the jaw to replace the roots of missing teeth. Artificial teeth are then attached to the implants, and can be used as part of a bridge.

A partial denture is another way to solve the problem of missing teeth, but there are several advantages to an implant-supported bridge. You avoid the clasps and metal work that come with a partial denture, and an implant can help stop the continuing bone loss that begins when teeth are removed. Using dental implants to support a bridge is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.

 

Single tooth implants

Why replace a missing tooth?

When you lose a tooth, the biting forces change on the teeth next to the space, causing them to shift. Opposing teeth may even begin to extrude out of the socket, which mean they too could eventually be lost.

As your bite changes, it gets more difficult to chew your food, and you may suffer damage to your jaw point. It's also much harder to clean teeth that have shifter; harmful plaque and tartar collect in the new hard-to-reach places created by shifting, causing tooth decay and periodontal disease.

For all these reasons, it's critical that we replace a lost tooth. An excellent option for replacing a missing tooth is an artificial tooth secured by a dental implant. Implants are titanium cylinders that res surgically placed in your jaw to serve as artificial tooth roots. Attaching a replacement tooth to an implant allows us to avoid placing a bridge. Bridges require that we prepare the adjacent natural teeth, and that weakens them substantially.

Benefits of implants

An implant and crown is practically indistinguishable from your natural teeth, and it fits so securely that you won't even notice it when you chew and speak. When we place an implant, it's not necessary for us to alter the structure of the adjacent teeth, so their strength and integrity is maintained. Also, an implant replaces the roots of a missing tooth, which helps lessen the bone loss that occurs when a tooth is missing. In essence, an implant is the next big thing to your natural tooth.

Do implants work for everyone?

Start-to-finish, the procedure may require several months to complete because it can take about four to six months for the implant to fuse to your bone tissue through a process called osseointegration. An implant won't work if you aren't in good general health. Your gums and jawbone must be healthy enough to support the implant, and you must be meticulous about your daily homecare routine. You'll also need to visit us up to four times a year for cleanings.

We won't recommend an implant if you suffer from a chronic illness such a diabetes, as this can interfere with healing. And if you're a smoker, you may not be a good candidate for an implant. Smokers are at a greater risk for gum disease, and gum disease weakens the bone and soft tissue needed to support an implant.

If you're interested in replacing a missing tooth with an implant, we will perform a thorough evaluation to determine whether your health and lifestyle make you a good candidate for this kind of restoration.