If you are missing multiple teeth, Charlotte Center for Complete Dentistry offers several options to replace them. With advanced training in treating complex dental issues, Charlotte, NC dentist, Dr. Durning Moore recommends dental implants because of the numerous advances they offer over the traditional options. Replacing missing teeth with a restoration secured with multiple dental implants is the next best solution after natural teeth.
How many dental implants will I need?
Each patient is different and will have unique circumstances. To determine the exact number you will need, you should schedule an evaluation and consultation with Dr. Moore to discuss further. Generally speaking, the number of missing teeth you have and where they are located along the arch will dictate the number implant required to hold a dental restoration. The least number of implants will be used to properly anchor the dental bridge or denture. We also need to ensure that there are enough implants to effectively avoid bone loss and gum recession.
The Benefits of Multiple Dental Implants
The greatest advantage of choosing dental implants is they help prevent bone loss. When teeth are lost, the roots are no longer present to stimulate the bone. When implants are surgically placed in the jaw bone, they effectively replace the teeth roots and stimulate the bone thus preventing loss.
Bone loss in the jaw is what leads to an aging appearance. The lips sink to the face creating a sunken in look and many wrinkles will develop over time. Premature aging of the face while wearing dentures can happen in less than five years.
Another major benefit to choosing dental implants is healthy, remaining teeth are not damaged at all in the process. A traditional dental bridge requires two teeth on either side of the gap to be reduced in order to accommodate the bridgework. You are essentially replacing missing teeth by damaging two more perfectly healthy teeth.
Multiple Dental Implants
- Implant Supported Fixed Bridge: A dental bridge is comprised of two dental crowns located on each end with the false teeth (the pontics) located in between them. With an implant supported bridge, the bridgework is fixed to at least two dental implants instead of two adjacent teeth. Dr. Moore will use this restoration for patients missing several consecutive missing teeth.
- Implant Supported Denture: A partial denture is dental restoration that is used when a patient is missing multiple non-consecutive teeth along an arch. This type of prosthesis is used to fill in the gaps of those missing teeth. A full denture is used when the patient is missing the entire arch of teeth. Up to eight dental implants can be used to secure a denture on an arch. The location and number of missing teeth missing will determine the number of implants needed and the type of restoration you will need.
To learn more about the benefits of multiple dental implants and the options available to you, contact Charlotte Center for Complete Dentistry in Charlotte, NC today for a consultation. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Moore Contact by contacting our office at (704) 275-5323 or use our online request form.