Dental implants are one of the most versatile dental restoration procedures available. When replacing multiple missing teeth, it is possible to replace each tooth with individual dental implants or to use dental implant to support a fixed dental bridge.
Fixed Bridges or Dental Implants
Fixed bridges are commonly used to restore multiple missing teeth. With fixed bridges, several crowns make up the dental appliance used to replace the missing teeth. The crowns in the middle are suspended over the gum line while the two crowns on either end are permanently attached to your natural teeth. The disadvantage to this method is that your natural, healthy teeth are ground down to accommodate the crowns, and depending upon the amount of missing teeth, some bone loss may occur.
Bridges Supported by Dental Implants
When using dental implants to replace multiple teeth, Dr. Cataldo may evaluate your bone density to assess whether you would be a good candidate for individual implant placement. If that is not the case, a bridge supported by dental implants may be the right option for you to replace your missing teeth.
With a bridge supported by dental implants, a dental appliance consisting of several crowns is placed in the mouth to replace the missing teeth. However, instead of using your own natural healthy teeth as anchors, dental implants are used to support the bridge.
The Process of Replacing Missing Teeth with Dental Implants
Dr. Cataldo will place several dental implants to support your bridge. The titanium posts will fuse with the jaw bone, creating the necessary bond over a period of four to six months. The permanent prosthetic will be placed when this healing is complete, until which time, you will wear a temporary prosthetic.
Dr. Cataldo can help you to determine the right replacement method to restore your smile to its natural beauty and function. Call us now to schedule an appointment to replace your missing teeth.