A single missing tooth can be a nuisance, but multiple missing teeth…that’s a serious problem. In addition to what this can do to someone’s appearance, basic actions like eating and speaking can become extremely awkward and even painful. If this sounds familiar and you’re tired of working around your missing teeth, Dr. Asay is more than ready to help. With a custom-made restoration, he can give you a stronger and more functional bite as well as bring back your confident smile at the same time.
Why Choose Chisholm Trail Dental Health for Multiple Tooth Implants?
- Every Restoration is 100% Custom-Made for Each Patient
- We Take Extra Time to Deliver the Perfect Result
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Your Multiple Tooth Replacement Options
Whether your missing teeth are right next to each other or located throughout your mouth, Dr. Asay can offer a treatment that is ideally suited for you:
- Dental Bridge: A dental bridge can replace up to three missing teeth in a row, and it relies on the strength of your remaining teeth to stay in place. Dental crowns are fitted over the teeth on either side of the gap, and these are connected to additional dental crowns to fill in the middle.
- Partial Denture: For nonconsecutive missing teeth, a partial denture can close any gaps like the last piece of a puzzle. High-quality acrylic is molded to look like any absent teeth and gum tissue and is fitted comfortably into the mouth using small metal clasps that loop over nearby teeth.
- Full Denture: If a patient is missing most or all of their teeth along a single row, a full denture can bring back the entire arch at once. Like partial dentures, full dentures are made of strong acrylic materials, but this prosthetic sits directly on the gums with the help of natural suction and/or some denture adhesive.
The Benefits of Choosing Dental Implants
The prosthetics detailed above come in two distinct types: traditional and implant-retained.
For a traditional prosthetic, the new teeth simply sit on top of the gum line and rely on the neighboring teeth and bone to remain stable. With dental implants, however, the teeth are rooted firmly to the jawbone using small titanium posts that act as tooth roots. More and more patients are choosing to get dental implants because they offer many unique benefits:
- Because traditional prosthetics lack tooth roots, they are inherently less stable than real teeth. Implant-retained bridges and dentures, however, are attached to the jawbone just like natural teeth, giving them a strength and stability a patient can always rely on.
- It’s easy to smile with implant-retained bridges and dentures because they don’t have any unnatural-looking metal or acrylic attachments that are needed to keep them in place.
- Implant-retained prosthetics are much easier to take care of compared to traditional ones. Instead of a patient having to take their prosthetic out and clean it in addition to their real teeth, they can simply brush and floss like normal to keep their implants looking and functioning like new.
- Compared to traditional dentures, implant dentures tend to be smaller, which leads to a more comfortable fit. This reduced size also makes it easier for patients to taste food.
- Most traditional prosthetics tend to become loose after a few years because the jawbone naturally shrinks after tooth loss. Dental implant roots can prevent this from happening, meaning your bridge or denture will maintain its initial fit for many years.
Which Treatment is Right For You?
Dr. Asay can help you decide if you should get a bridge or denture depending on how many teeth you are missing and where they are located, but when it comes to getting dental implants or not, that decision is entirely up to you. If you want a prosthetic that looks, feels, and functions just like natural teeth, then dental implants are definitely the way to go. On the other hand, traditional prosthetics take less time to get and don’t require oral surgery, so many patients still choose them. We can help you decide when you come to see us for a consultation.
In any case, whatever you choose to do, you can trust Dr. Asay will come up with a personalized treatment plan, and the end result will be a full, confident smile that you’ll be eager to show off. For questions, or to schedule an appointment at Chisholm Trail Dental Health, click here.