How Many Teeth Can I Replace With Dental Implants?
Posted on 8/18/2023 by Cantella Dental
So you’ve decided on dental implants for your tooth replacement? That’s a wonderful decision. Nothing else provides as much stability or security for your smile as dental implants. How many teeth can dental implants replace? As many as you need - but the method used will depend on a few factors. Keep reading to learn more about why choosing dental implants could be the best decision you’ve ever made!
An Implant-Retained Crown Replaces One Tooth
A single dental implant can take the place of just one missing tooth. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that minor tooth loss isn’t that big of a deal — even just one missing tooth increases your risk of experiencing further tooth loss and also makes it difficult to eat, speak, and smile with total confidence.
The alternative for single tooth loss is a fixed bridge, which requires the alteration of the two healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth. A dental implant can be placed and restored without affecting the rest of your smile. And because an implant fully integrates/fuses with your jaw (known as osseointegration), the bone gets all the nutrients and blood flow it needs to stay healthy and whole for a lifetime to come.
Implant-Retained Bridges For Replacing Multiple Teeth
If injury, decay, or periodontal disease have resulted in the loss of multiple teeth, your dentist can rebuild your smile with an implant-retained bridge. As opposed to a traditional bridge, an implant-retained option is supported by sturdy dental implants and not by the surrounding natural teeth. An individual implant will usually be placed for each of the missing teeth, and the prosthetics are connected to each other. This method distributes force from chewing across the teeth rather than on each individual implant.
Maximum Security For A Complete Denture
For total tooth loss, an implant-supported complete denture is the best replacement. It’s better for oral health and also more comfortable than a traditional denture, which rests on the gums. You will not need an individual implant to replace each missing tooth — that would be prohibitively expensive and invasive. Instead, your dentist can put together a plan for a strategic number of dental implants to support the complete denture. With the additional stability and security provided by dental implants, you won’t have to worry about using a denture adhesive to secure a loose or uncomfortable prosthetic. Dental implant-retained prosthetics fit perfectly from day one, and for many years to come!
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