Traditional Replacement with Bridges and Partial Dentures
Before dental implants, you were limited in your options for replacing missing teeth. Depending upon the number of teeth you were missing, you could either have a bridge (3 or less missing teeth) or a partial denture. Bridges are made up of replacement teeth surrounded on each side by a dental crown. This requires that the two adjacent teeth be ground down to make room for the restoration to be placed. Partial dentures are removable and are directly supported by your gum tissue. They also have metal clasps that hook onto your teeth for extra stability.
Multiple Tooth Implants
While both bridges and partial dentures are still available today, neither option helps to stop the bone loss that accompanies tooth loss. This means that the bone will continue to resorb and alter the shape of your jaw.
Multiple tooth implants offer a solution. With a surgical procedure, we place titanium rods into your jawbone. As you heal, the jawbone fuses with the implants, and they become almost like “roots.” The implants support your replacement teeth.
The exact number of implants placed depends heavily on several factors, including the condition of your jawbone and how many teeth you are missing. We can determine how many to place during your initial consultation. Digital imaging allows us to see under your jawbone and make a treatment plan that will provide you with the best possible outcome. Once your implants are placed, it can take several weeks osseointegration to be completed. During this time, you are provided with a temporary restoration. When you have completely healed, a permanent restoration will be fabricated and set in place.
What are the Benefits of Multiple Tooth Implants?
There are many benefits associated with multiple tooth implants:
|•||Your adjacent teeth remain intact. There is no need to alter them for your new teeth.
|•||They do not require wires for added support.
|•||The crowns, made of ceramic, look exactly like the rest of your natural teeth.
|•||Implants are permanent. They are only removed if maintenance is required.
|•||Your abilities to eat and speak are restored.
|•||Your new teeth can be cleaned and cared for just like your natural teeth.
|•||The implants imitate the roots of your natural teeth and help to keep your jawbone strong and healthy.|
If you are missing several teeth, you may be a candidate for multiple tooth implants. Contact Rekos & Border Oral Surgery at (614) 764-9455 to schedule your consultation today!