If you are missing a large number of teeth, you may not want to have a dental implant installed for every missing tooth. Nevertheless, dental implants can still play a part in the restoration of your teeth.
Dental implants are metal screws that are surgically implanted into the bone of your jaw. For a single tooth replacement, an abutment or connector is added to the implant screw, followed by a dental crown for protection and restoration of chewing ability. For multiple teeth, the implant can be partnered with other tooth replacement options, such as the following:
What is a dental bridge?
Dental bridges are often used to replace multiple teeth. Each end of the bridge is a dental crown that will fit over a remaining tooth or implant that borders the gap left by the missing teeth. The false teeth of the bridge, which lie between the bridge crowns, will rest in the gap.
How are implants used with a dental bridge?
For people who don't have natural teeth on each side of the space left by the missing teeth, dental implants can be used as supports for the bridge crowns. When the bridge is placed, the crowns are bonded to the implants so that the bridge is properly stabilized and can support bite pressure.
In this instance, two implants could support a number of missing teeth.
How long do dental bridges last?
Dental implants can last a lifetime, and fixed dental bridges can last five to 15 years or more.
What is an overdenture?
An overdenture is a type of denture or prosthetic palate of false teeth that includes connectors on the underside to attach it to remaining teeth or dental implants for support. The overdenture is more stable than a traditional denture, which is held in place primarily by suction and dental adhesive. However, the appliance can still be removed by the patient for cleaning.
How are implants used with an overdenture?
Dental implants can replace the natural teeth used to stabilized the overdenture, so if a patient does not have any natural teeth in the palate, dental implants can be installed.
How long do dentures last?
The average life of a denture is about five to seven years.
If you have several missing teeth, dental implants may play a role in the restoration of your smile. Schedule a consultation with a dentist like the one from Schirmer Dentistry in your area to learn more.