Replacing Multiple Teeth with Dental Implants
At Wisconsin Dental Solutions, we have worked with many patients who feel hopeless about the prospect of replacing multiple teeth. If you've found yourself in the same position, we know how it feels to be embarrassed by gaps in your mouth, and we understand that missing teeth can prevent you from chewing adequately and feeling confident in yourself.
Our Madison, WI dental implant provider Dr. Lotowski has the experience and expertise needed to replace multiple teeth and restore your beautiful smile.
Replacing multiple teeth is similar to replacing a single tooth; the only difference is that if our doctors are replacing multiple teeth, they will use dental implants to restore only some of the roots. Not every crown will be supported by an implant. For example, if you are missing three to five teeth, you will only need two or three implant posts to support the crowns (the exact number of implant posts depends on your specific case). The crowns are then splinted together and form a dental bridge that closes the gap in your mouth.
Alternative #1: Tooth-Supported Bridge
Another way to replace multiple teeth is to place a tooth-supported dental bridge. The teeth surrounding the gap are prepared for the bridge. The retaining crowns flank artificial teeth in the middle to fill the gap left by the missing teeth and the bridge is bonded in place. Because the retaining crowns for bridges are placed on natural teeth surrounding the gap, bridges can cause these adjacent teeth to prematurely weaken, the underlying jawbone to deteriorate and other complications to develop.
Alterative #2: Removable Partial Dentures
Partial dentures are appliances that clip onto the adjacent teeth and fill in the spaces left by missing teeth. Cosmetically, the plastic-and-metal appliances are adequate; however, when crafted by an amateur lab, they can look very artificial. Also, because they are removable, partial dentures don't offer the stability and security of an implant-supported prosthetic.
Dental Implants vs. Dental Bridges vs. Partial Dentures
Dental implants are advantageous for aesthetic and functional reasons. Implants look just like natural teeth and are designed to blend in with your surrounding teeth. They are crafted by leading dental laboratories and customized to your liking. Implants are fixed in the mouth and adjusted for the most comfortable fit. Because the implant post is placed in the jawbone, they keep the bone stimulated and prevent bone loss. Implants also support the facial structures to prevent a sunken-in look.
Put simply: implants allow you to eat, speak and smile comfortably and confidently, without any worries.
Learn More about Dental Implants
If you would like more information about dental implants, please contact Wisconsin Dental Solutions by calling (608) 834-6321. A friendly member of our team can schedule a consultation for you to meet with Dr. Lotowski and discuss your tooth replacement needs.