Multiple Tooth Implants
Gaps in your smile can have negative effects on your confidence, social opportunities, and others’ perception of you. In addition, leaving missing teeth untreated often leads to tooth shifting, bone and gum deterioration, and a collapse of the face. This may cause patients to experience wrinkles, sagging skin, and other signs of premature aging. Implant bridges are a great option for patients who are missing more than 2 teeth, and wish not to have a removable partial denture. They are designed to restore the patients form and function of their natural teeth.
There are 3 main reasons why implant bridges may be considered for you:
- Insufficient bone
- Superior Aesthetics
- Reduced Cost
Whenever there are missing teeth for long periods of time, bone becomes thin and short. The longer we wait with replacement, the thinner the bone becomes and success rates for bone replacement decrease.
In some situations it is beneficial to use existing bone for implant placement and leave the thin areas free of implant fixtures. Similar to a tooth bridge, an implant bridge is usually supported by two implant fixtures, connected by a tooth in the middle called a pontic crown. By avoiding the thin area of bone altogether, implants can be placed in the healthiest areas of bone to ensure stability and longevity.
Aesthetics is a particular concern for patients who are missing multiple front teeth. These are the teeth that show when they smile and an aesthetically pleasing set of front teeth can say a lot about you to others. Prosthodontists agree that because biomechanical forces on the front teeth are low, a two implant bridge is just as effective as teeth from multiple implant teeth. The implant bridge has the added benefit of superior aesthetics when compared to multiple implants. A specialist can help determine if implant dentistry is right for you.
In situations where implant bridges are recommended, they have the added benefit of reduced cost. By reducing the number of implants that are needed, Implant bridges have a brilliant design that allows them to be placed safely into healthy bone and look like natural teeth. They savings reach beyond the financial aspect and address the medical health of the patient. With fewer implants placed, there is no need to perform multiple invasive procedures. The bone and gums between the implants are untouched, so a patient can leave with a smile on their face and money in their pocket.
Implant bridges are a great option for patients who are missing more than 2 teeth, and wish not to have a removable partial denture. They are designed to restore the form and function of patient’s natural teeth. With limited bone grafting, superior aesthetics, and reduced cost, implant bridges are a great way to restore the confidence that comes with a great smile.