Replacing missing or damaged teeth is the key to restoring your smile, your oral health and your overall quality of life each day. As an experienced implant dentist in Chesapeake VA, Dr. John C. Cranham can restore your smile with custom dental implants. If you are missing multiple teeth, he will recommend dental implants.
The type of dental implant you will need depends on the number and location of your missing teeth. Dr. Cranham will first thoroughly evaluate the condition of your teeth, gums, jaw bone and overall dental health before recommending the best treatment option.
Why Choose Dental Implants For Multiple Missing Teeth?
The biggest advantage to choosing dental implants is that they implant will fuse naturally with your jaw bone creating a stable and lasting bite. The implant actually replaces the tooth root which helps to prevent bone loss promoting your long term oral health.
Bone loss in your jaw will also compromise your facial structure making your face appear older and sunken in. Dental implants allow patients to enjoy a diet without restriction and can help patients feel more confident in their smile.
Dental Implants For Multiple Missing Teeth Options
Dental Implant Secured Dental Bridge
A dental implant secured dental bridge is often used to replace more than one, consecutively missing teeth. Dental implant secured dental bridges do not require Dr. Cranham to grind you’re your adjacent teeth. Instead two dental implants are surgically implanted into your jaw bone. Each implant will support the ends of the dental bridge.
The greatest benefit to using dental implants to support a dental bridge is that it doesn’t compromise the structure of remaining healthy teeth. Bridgework secured by dental implants provides a stronger, more effective restoration.
Dental Implant Secured Denture
Dental implant secured dentures are an option for people missing all or most of their upper or lower teeth. If you currently have dentures and struggle with ill fitted dentures, then you may want to consider implant secured dentures. Traditional dentures are made to rest on the gums and are not very sturdy. Many patients struggle with traditional dentures that slip around in their mouth leading to embarrassing situations.
When dentures are secured by and attached to dental implants, there is no more slipping or shifting. About four to six dental implants are used to permanently secure the denture. The patient must have enough bone tissue for the implants to fuse properly with the jawbone. Dentures secured by dental implants eliminate the need for glues, adhesives, soaks or rinses.
Several Dental Implant Secured Dental Crowns
In the past, if you had lost a tooth, your dentist would have recommended a dental bridge. This involves grinding down the two adjacent teeth then using them to anchor the dental bridge. With advances in technology, our dentist in Chesapeake, VA now offers a dental implant that will secure a new dental crown.
If you are missing teeth that are not consecutive due to trauma or gum disease, we recommend replacing each missing tooth with a dental implant secured dental crown. This will involve an implant being surgically placed in each root canal and then a dental crown being attached to the implant.