If you have two or more missing teeth, it is important to have them replaced. Doing so is crucial to restoring your oral health, smile and especially your quality of life. There are several options available today to replace lost or damaged teeth. Dental implant support restorations are taking over as the number one solution because of their proven strength and high success rate. Dr. Pamela Doray is an implant dentist in Philadelphia, PA and has been restoring dental implants since 1986.
Dr. Doray works with patients on an individual basis to determine the tooth replacement option that will best support their oral health needs and cosmetic goals. To learn about your options and multiple teeth implants, you should schedule a consultation with her. She will perform a complete evaluation of your mouth, teeth and bone structure to see if you qualify for dental implants.
Multiple Dental Implants
For patients missing multiple teeth, Dr. Doray will place several dental implants and restore them with either a dental bridge or partial denture.
Implant-supported Fixed Bridge
A dental bridge is a dental prosthesis that bridges the gap caused by one more missing teeth. It is made up of two dental crowns, one on each end, with false teeth in the middle called pontics.
A traditional fixed dental bridge is often used to replace one or a few consecutive teeth. This process requires the two teeth on either side of the gap to be significantly reduced to support the bridge. Essentially, you are replacing missing teeth by damaging two more teeth. The two dental crowns are cemented to the prepared teeth.
With the use of dental implants, a dental bridge can be permanently secured in place without damaging the healthy adjacent teeth. Dr. Doray will surgically multiple dental implant posts that will be used to support the dental bridge. This solution is better for your oral health because the implants will actually act like tooth roots, preventing bone loss in the jaw. Dental bridges supported by teeth implants provide a structural support for the jaw and bite.
Implant-supported Partial Denture
A partial denture is a dental prosthesis that is custom made to replace several missing teeth on an arch that are not consecutive. This restoration is used if the patient still has healthy remaining teeth and they just need to fill in the missing gaps.
A traditional removable partial denture is not very efficient nor does it support oral health. The replacement teeth are usually connected to a pink, gum colored base that is attached to a metal framework to hold the partial in place in the mouth. While this will prevent other teeth from shifting, it will not prevent bone loss and there are many food restrictions when wearing a removable denture. Also, the metal pieces are often visible when the patient smiles.
An implant supported partial denture is often a better option to fill in the gaps from missing teeth. It will allow you to talk, bite and chew with no visible clasps that are traditionally used to hold a partial denture in place. At your consultation, Dr. Doray will exam the location of your missing teeth and a partial will be customized for you. She will surgically implant multiple dental implants that will support your partial denture. The implants will act as tooth roots providing stimulation for the jaw bone and prevent bone loss.
Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. They are incredibly stable, even more than natural teeth, allowing you to live with more confidence and comfort. To learn more about the multiple dental implant process, schedule an implant consultation today with Dr. Doray.