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Single vs. Multiple Tooth Dental Implants

By Dr. Dan Whiting on September 10, 2015

A natural tooth next to an implantDo lost missing teeth detract from your appearance? Do you find it difficult to chew or speak normally? Whether you are missing one tooth or several, you deserve beautiful, natural restorations. At Smiles for Life, we proudly offer dental implants, which can permanently restore your smile and improve your overall oral health. Implants are made of biocompatible titanium. After Dr. McIntyre or Dr. Whiting places them in your jaw, the bone tissue will knit around them. Then your dentist can attach a permanent restoration. The number of teeth you are missing will determine how many implants and the type of restoration you receive. Our team will evaluate your needs and plan a treatment that is suitable for you. To learn more about single vs. multiple tooth replacement with dental implants, contact our Bridgewater practice today.

What Happens When You Receive Implants?

Dr. Whiting or Dr. McIntyre will use x-rays of your jaw to plan your implant surgery. They will find the strongest areas of bone tissue, and they will make sure that your implants do not come too close to your sinus passages. After determining the right placement, your dentist will numb your gums and jawbone. Then he will make one or more small incisions in the soft tissues, through which he will position the implants in your jaw. When all posts are in place, he will rearrange your gum tissue, using small sutures to hold the incisions closed. After your recovery, Dr. Whiting or Dr. McIntyre will attach abutment pieces and your restoration to the tops of the posts.

Single Tooth Implants

One implant can be a great way to replace a solitary missing tooth. Dental bridges are the traditional alternative. These restorations are certainly an improvement over an incomplete smile. However, implants offer important benefits. First, to place a bridge, your dentist will need to reshape your other teeth so that they can hold up the full restoration. Implants, on the other hand, do not impact your healthy teeth. Second, implants are more stable than even the most advanced bridges. Finally, implants can prevent bone recession, a common side effect of tooth loss. In this way, they can also reduce your risk for additional tooth loss and compromised oral health.

Multiple Tooth Implants

If you are missing several or even all of your teeth, you can still receive dental implants. Depending on your needs, your dentist can place an implant-supported bridge or full denture. Implant bridges can replace a large number of adjacent missing teeth. They require two or more posts for full support, depending on the exact size of your restoration. If you are missing all of your teeth, you could even receive an implant-supported denture. These full-mouth restorations typically rely on four or more posts for support.

As with single tooth restorations, implant-supported bridges and dentures are much more stable than traditional options. They also look more realistic, since they do not require adhesive or attachment pieces. We can also use implants to support a removable denture. Though not as stable as a fixed restoration, it will still be more secure than a standard denture.

Schedule an Appointment Today

To learn more about single and multiple tooth implants, contact our office today. Dr. Whiting or Dr. McIntyre will conduct a complete exam to determine if you are a candidate for this treatment.

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