If you have multiple teeth that need to be replaced because they are missing or badly damaged, dental implants can help. One of the huge benefits of dental implants is that treatment is customized to fit your exact needs. You can receive a single dental implant to restore one tooth, multiple implants throughout the mouth, implant-supported bridges, or a brand new arch of teeth attached to several implant posts.
At Oral & Facial Surgery of New Mexico, our board-certified oral surgeon, Dr. Bryce Heiner, will explain all of your options for treatment that can restore your health, smile, and confidence. If you need replacement teeth and are ready to explore your treatment options, contact our practice in Las Cruces or Roswell, NM, today.
Solutions for Replacing Multiple Missing Teeth
There are many tooth replacement options to consider when you have missing teeth. At the consultation appointment, we will outline all of your options. The right choice for you will depend on how many teeth need to be restored, your oral health details, and your financial situation.
Traditional Dental Bridges and Implant-Supported Bridges
A traditional dental bridge consists of a pontic, or false tooth, that has two dental crowns on either side. To fit the bridge, the natural teeth on either side of a gap are sanded down, then the crowns are placed on top of them. This type of fixed bridge cosmetically restores the missing tooth but does not restore total function because there is no root or implant post. Your dentist can attach multiple false teeth to the bridge to restore several missing teeth next to each other.
Bridges are fixed in place and will remain in your mouth when eating or brushing. Removable partial dentures, however, come out during meals and to brush your teeth. A partial denture can be made with false teeth attached wherever you are missing them in the dental arch. This replacement option can give you the appearance of a full set of teeth, but it can be cumbersome to have a removable oral appliance in your mouth every day. Dentures often cause sores and may slip when speaking.
A dental implant can support a bridge without relying on crowns attached to adjacent teeth. One implant post can hold up to three replacement teeth, making this an ideal solution for patients with one or more teeth missing beside each other. The implant post prevents bone loss, unlike fixed bridges that do not fuse to the jaw bone. Traditional bridges should be replaced every 5–7 years, but with proper care, an implant-supported bridge can last a lifetime.
Multiple Single Implants
A dental implant is a self-supporting, complete tooth restoration. The implant post is embedded into the jaw bone, which prevents bone loss and provides a sturdy foundation for the replacement tooth. You can receive multiple tooth implants anywhere in the mouth. Multiple dental implants are an excellent solution for patients considering bridges or partial dentures, because they are healthier, stronger, and have the potential to last a lifetime.
It is not uncommon for patients to be missing many or all of their teeth. In these cases, an innovative treatment called full-arch restoration is ideal. This treatment involves using multiple dental implant posts to support a fixed denture in one or both dental arches. The results are life-changing, and will completely return your smile to a healthy, functioning, and beautiful state.
Every prosthesis is custom-made for your mouth, and the dental implant posts prevent bone loss, providing the same great benefits of implant-based restoration. Only one surgical procedure is necessary to place the implant posts and attach a temporary prosthesis to wear while the posts heal. After they have healed, you will receive your final, fixed arch of teeth that looks, feels, and functions like healthy natural teeth. Learn more about full-arch restoration in Las Cruces and Roswell, NM.
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, Dr. Heiner and the team at Oral & Facial Surgery of New Mexico will create the right treatment plan for you. We look forward to restoring your smile, oral health, and more importantly, your confidence.