There is a small chance that you will make it through life with all of your natural teeth. If you currently practice bad oral hygiene habits or suffer from gum disease, the chances are much higher that you will suffer from tooth loss.
You will need to make a difficult decision as well; how should I replace my missing teeth? Dentures and partial dentures are possibilities but they have many disadvantages when compared to dental implants.
Dental implants have been used for decades but advances in dental technology have made them better. They have a high success rate and patients like them more over removable options such as dentures and partial dentures.
Your natural teeth are best for your oral health. However, dental implants are the number one replacement option when multiple teeth are missing. If you are missing two or more teeth, our Fallston restorative dentist offers multiple dental implants.
Multiple Dental Implants
If you have multiple missing teeth, it will require anywhere from two to eight dental implants to secure a dental prosthesis. We suggest that you schedule a consultation with us to determine how many you need. When replacing multiple teeth, a dentist needs a very precise treatment plan.
We work with talented, local Fallston, MD oral surgeons and periodontists to determine the kind of teeth implants you will need. The options you have to replace multiple teeth with dental implants include:
Dental Implant Supported Denture
If you are missing most or all of their teeth, we can use an implant-secured denture to replace them. An oral surgeon will insert two to eight implants in the jaw bone to support a custom denture. The number of implants you need to support a denture properly will depend on where the implants are going (in the upper or lower jaw).
Denture implants offer patients a better quality of life compared to removable dentures.
Dental Implant Supported Dental Bridge
If you have several consecutive missing teeth, we may suggest an implant-secured dental bridge to replace them. This type of dental restoration will require about two implants (sometimes more depending on the number and location of the missing teeth). An oral surgeon will need to surgically place the dental implants on both sides of the gap.
Several Implant-Supported Dental Crowns
For patients with several missing teeth that are not consecutive, we will suggest replacing each one with a single implant-secured crown. One dental implant will be surgically placed in the jaw bone where the missing tooth is located and restored with a custom made dental crown.
Choosing multiple dental implants to replace your missing or damaged teeth is the best choice for your oral health. Implants are the only option that replaces the teeth at the root which offers stimulation for the jaw bone that will help reduce the chances of bone loss.
Dental implants will not compromise the integrity of the healthy, surrounding teeth. For a consult, call 410-994-2627 to schedule an appointment or request an appointment online.