Multiple Tooth Replacement in Florissant
There are several options for patients with multiple missing teeth. Multiple tooth replacement can be done with multiple single tooth implants, implant fixed dental bridges, removable partial dentures, or the more conventional fixed partial denture. Implanted dental bridges or multiple single tooth implants offer the most advantages for the treatment of multiple missing teeth.
Dental implant supported bridges are preferable to traditional partial dentures for many reasons. They look and function like natural teeth and they do not require the support of neighboring teeth. Traditional partial dentures are supported by nearby teeth which must be ground down to support the cemented bridge foundation. Implant supported dental bridges don’t necessitate sacrificing the health of neighboring teeth. An implanted dental bridge also keeps the jaw bone healthier because it integrates with the bone and helps keep it healthy and intact. With traditional partial dentures, the bone area that previously surrounded the missing teeth will often deteriorate or resorb over time.
An implant supported dental bridge is also a more esthetically pleasing, comfortable and functional solution for multiple tooth replacement. They look and behave just like natural teeth. Traditional partial dentures leave the empty bone and gum around the missing teeth exposed and vulnerable to deterioration and collapse. Deteriorated gums and bones are unattractive and unhealthy. The cement foundation used in traditional partial dentures can wash away over time which allows bacteria to assault the area and cause decay in the teeth that anchor the bridge. Removable partial dentures can also slip and move which is not only embarrassing but can make eating and speaking difficult.
The multiple tooth replacement procedure usually requires up to four visits to our Florissant or Chesterfield MO office. First we begin with an examination and x-rays of the area of the missing teeth. During your next visit, titanium implants will be placed into the jawbone. Patients will need from two to six months to allow the dental bridge implants and bone to bond together to form anchors. During this time, temporary teeth will be worn over the implant sites. Occasionally a second step of the multiple tooth replacement procedure is needed to uncover the implants and attach extensions. These temporary healing caps will complete the foundation on which the dental bridge and new teeth will be placed. The gums will again need a healing period but this time for only a couple of weeks. Finally a dental bridge that has been custom built for the patient’s mouth will be attached to the titanium implants. The multiple tooth replacement process is finished! The patient will now be able to eat and speak naturally and will have improved self esteem and confidence with their new natural looking smile.
Do you suffer from multiple missing teeth? Contact Koch Park Dental in the St Louis area if you would like to discuss multiple tooth replacement or other dental bridge implant options. To learn more about our restorative dentistry services, please visit our main Florissant dentist website.