People who are missing multiple teeth will need to consider their options for replacement as soon as possible. Years of poor oral hygiene or even trauma can cause tooth loss or force a patient to get extractions. Replacing your multiple missing teeth will prevent bone loss, issues with chewing food, and complete your smile. Dr. Vijay Patel with Claremont Dental Institute can provide you with information you need to make an informed decision. If a patient qualifies, he will recommend multiple dental implants for the stable solution to tooth loss.
Dr. Patel along with Dr. Steve Fountain have over 20 year of experience and advanced training with implant dentistry. They utilize advanced dental technology and precise treatment planning to deliver superior results. They are able to complete every step of the dental implant process at their Claremont, CA dentist office.
Each patient that seeks our care for missing teeth is unique. Fortunately, we are able to offer many solutions. For patients that qualify, getting a dental implant restoration over the traditional methods (a removable partial denture or a fixed dental bridge) will result in a more natural smile.
Replacing Teeth with Multiple Dental Implants
Multiple dental implants are the best solution for missing teeth because they look and function like natural teeth. Implants will actually prevent the jaw bone from deteriorating because they replace the teeth roots. This will prevent the face from sagging or appear sunken in adding years to your appearance. They are also more durable allowing for a greater biting force which means no diet restrictions. The number and location of your missing teeth will determine which type of restoration(s) you will need.
Dental Implant Supported Dental Bridge: A dental bridge is a set of teeth that are fused together to replace several missing teeth. An implant supported bridge is appropriate when a patient has multiple missing teeth that are consecutive. Using two or more implants, we can replace three or more teeth. In this case, the two or more dental implants will be surgically placed on each side of the gap. Once you have healed and the implant posts have fused with the surrounding bone, they will be restored with a custom dental bridge.
Several Implant Supported Dental Crowns: If you are missing a few teeth that are not consecutive or two consecutive teeth, then your dentist might use several implant secured crowns. A single dental implant will be surgically placed in the root canal for each missing tooth and will be restored with a custom made dental crown.
Traditional Teeth Replacement Options
A removable partial denture or fixed dental bridges are the traditional methods used to replace teeth. A partial denture uses metal clasps to hold the replacement teeth in place. Unfortunately, you may be able to see those metal clasps when you smile. They also require lots of extra time consuming care and maintenance. A fixed dental bridge requires your two adjacent teeth to be grinded down to accommodate the two dental crowns on either end of the bridge. This will weaken the teeth and possibly even cause damage. While both of these options cost less than dental implants, they will not deliver the same superior results.
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