In the past, the only way to replace teeth was settling for restorations that represent the visible portions making up your smile. However, by failing to replace the entire tooth structure, you’re actually only solving part of the puzzle. If you want a tooth replacement that truly looks and feels like a natural tooth, dental implants are the most effective solution. If you’re in need of multiple tooth replacements and want the most comprehensive treatment to make it happen, start by giving Dr. Philip Johnson a call!
Traditionally, multiple consecutive teeth are replaced through three different methods. This includes dental bridges, partial dentures, and full dentures. Depending on the extent of your tooth loss, we’ll go over what type of restoration you’d need to choose if you don’t utilize dental implants to replace teeth.
Dental bridges consist of a series of crowns that are fused together. The crowns on either end are designed to be hollowed out so they can fit on top of neighboring healthy teeth, much like a typical dental crown. The restorations in between these crowns are meant to fill the gap in your overall smile. This means that existing teeth will need to be minorly modified so they maintain a solid foundation.
Full and partial dentures are intended to replace non-consecutive teeth or all the teeth in a given arch. Partial dentures are held in place via metal clasps that wrap around existing teeth, while full dentures rely on the shape of the mouth, natural suction and small amounts of denture adhesive, especially when you first start wearing it.
If you do decide to replace consecutive teeth via dental implants, keep in mind that the overall process will take several months to complete. After we perform your consultation and initial examination of your mouth, we’ll start the preparation phase. This could include removing existing teeth if they pose an issue for your implant treatment, however this step is not always performed. During the second phase, a surgical procedure is completed to place the actual implants. Over the next several months, it will be given a chance to heal and integrate with your existing bone tissue. Once the implant has fully healed, we can place the abutment and the restoration. The abutment acts as a foundation for your eventual restoration, whether it’s an implant-retained bridge or denture.
Choosing dental implants has its own fair share of benefits that you won’t get with traditional tooth replacements. They include: