Replacing Multiple Teeth
The dental implants used by most dental implant specialists today are root-form implants. Translated, they are substitute tooth roots, used to replace the natural tooth roots in areas of the mouth where teeth are missing. It is vitally important to replace the tooth root and not just the visible part of the tooth (crown) because the natural tooth roots, which are embedded in the bone, preserve the bone.
When missing tooth roots are not restored by implants, the bone that previously supported those teeth “melts away” or deteriorates. This process is called bone resorption. The impact of deteriorating bone from complete tooth loss includes collapsed facial profiles, lost lip support, increased wrinkles around the mouth and the appearance of a pointed nose and chin that are too close together.
A removable prosthesis, such as a partial denture, actually accelerates the bone resorption process, resulting in more rapid bone deterioration. In addition, the clasps which hold the partial denture in place put extreme pressure on the natural teeth they hook onto, loosening them and in many cases, eventually leading to the loss of those teeth. Most patients with partial dentures state that they are uncomfortable and that they rarely wear them. Cemented bridges involve the filing and fixture of materials over the surfaces of adjacent teeth. In addition to bone loss, cemented bridges cause decay and shadowing under the gums.
The bone can be preserved by replacing missing tooth roots with multiple teeth implants and the existing teeth can be left alone. Since the bone actually forms a strong bond to the implants, they can serve the same functions as natural tooth roots: a strong foundation for biting and chewing and stimulation for the bone to hold it in place. Dental implants are small and made of titanium, a biocompatible material that is not rejected by the body. With an overall success rate of 95% and over, with an additional 50+ years of clinical research, dental implants have the best long-term prognosis of any method of tooth replacement.
The advantages of replacing multiple missing teeth with implant supported bridges:
- Multiple Teeth Implants preserve the integrity of facial structures.
- Your smile is improved when replacement teeth look more like natural teeth.
- Adjacent teeth are not compromised to replace missing teeth.
- Overall quality of life is enhanced with replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.
- Convenient oral hygiene.
- Improved appearance.
- Restored self-esteem and renewed self-confidence.