New innovations in dentistry make it possible for your dentist to preserve your natural teeth for longer than ever. Unfortunately, despite these innovations, tooth loss is a common problem for many Americans. If you’ve lost multiple teeth over the years, you need an effective treatment to replace them or your quality of life and oral health are going to suffer. You have more options than ever to rebuild your smile, but which is the right choice for you? Whether you want a traditional prosthetic or dental implants, we’ll help you find the personalized solution you need to invest in your smile.
Traditionally, two missing teeth in a row are replaced with a bridge and crowns. Your dentist will take an impression of your mouth to recreate the teeth you’ve lost. The bridge is held in place by reshaping the adjacent teeth to bond dental crowns over them. This is an effective way to restore the portions of your teeth visible above the gum line, but you will need to permanently alter healthy teeth.
As an alternative, you can anchor your bridge to your jawbone using a titanium implant post. This leaves healthy teeth untouched to preserve your natural smile.
Three or more missing teeth in a row can be treated with a traditional bridge and crowns. Your new smile will look natural, but it will always have its limitations. Not to mention, you’ll continue to lose density in your jaw because you’re still missing your tooth roots.
An implant-supported bridge resolves the common disadvantages of traditional methods. An implant post is used at either end to support the bridge while also serving as new tooth roots. This preserves density in your jawbone to protect your remaining natural teeth.
Several missing teeth throughout an arch are typically replaced using a partial denture. Prosthetic teeth are attached to a gum-colored base and metal framework. It relies on your healthy teeth to hold it in place. Although it’s effective, it will never feel natural.
Instead, a combination of single unit implants and implant-supported bridges can be used to complete your smile. It will look and feel natural, so you can chew, speak, and smile without any concern.
Although traditional prosthetics are effective, implant-supported crowns and bridges provide several advantages that aren’t possible with other treatments. Replacing the roots allows you to enjoy various benefits, including:
If you’ve lost multiple teeth, your dentist can rebuild your smile. We’ll perform a thorough consultation and discuss your preferences to create a customized treatment plan. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation. We look forward to giving you the complete smile you deserve.