Multiple Tooth Implants—Dunwoody, GA
Replace Multiple Teeth with Just 1 Treatment
A single missing tooth is certainly annoying, but multiple missing teeth…that’s a big problem. This can inhibit someone’s ability to chew, cause them to slur their words, and make them feel self-conscious and anxious all the time. All of this can severely affect someone’s quality of life, but thankfully, dentistry is able to offer multiple solutions. With a custom-made prosthetic from Dr. Jeff Rodgers, patients cannot only fill in the gaps in their smile, but fully recover their bite and confidence as well. Want to know how our office could help you? To learn more, read on below, or give us a call today.
Multiple Tooth Replacement Options
- Dental Bridge: This treatment uses the strength of a patient’s remaining teeth to replace up to three consecutive teeth in a row. Two dental crowns are placed on either side of the missing teeth, and these are affixed to additional crowns to close the space.
- Partial Denture: For patients missing numerous teeth throughout their mouth, a partial denture can act like the final piece of a puzzle, filling in any gaps using a single prosthetic. They are typically made of acrylic and sit within the mouth using metal clasps that loop around neighboring teeth.
- Full Denture: If a patient is missing all of their teeth along the top or bottom, this denture can be used to restore the entire arch. It simply sits on top of the gums and relies on natural suction or dental implants to remain secure.
Why You Should Consider Dental Implants
All of the options listed above come in two varieties: traditional and implant-retained. Traditional prosthetics rely on the nearby teeth and gums for support, while implant-retained ones are connected directly to the jawbone using small titanium tooth roots. When put side by side, replacement teeth secured with dental implants offer several advantages:
- They will never shift out of place because they are attached to the jaw just like natural teeth.
- Implant-retained prosthetics tend to be smaller than traditional ones, leaving more room in the mouth, which provides a more comfortable fit.
- With an implant bridge or denture, all a patient has to do is brush and floss their teeth like normal—no special hygiene routine is required.
- While traditional bridges and dentures tend to last about seven to 10 years on average, the life expectancy of dental implants is about 30 years, meaning a patient will end up spending much less on their new teeth over time.
Should You Get Dental Implants?
If you have a relatively healthy mouth and a strong enough jawbone to hold implant roots, then Dr. Rodgers would highly recommend you get them because they provide the next best thing to natural teeth. Implants do involve undergoing minor surgery, however, and the process can sometimes take several months to complete. So, if you want a faster solution that involves a less complicated treatment, then a traditional prosthetic can still offer an excellent answer for your missing teeth. Dr. Rodgers and our team can help you decide which approach would be best for you when you come to see us for an in-person consultation.
No matter which treatment you’re leaning towards, replacing your missing teeth is always a good idea, both for your oral health now as well as in the future. To learn more about each option and get answers to your questions, give us a call today.