Single vs. Multiple Tooth Replacement with Dental Implants

Have you lost a tooth due to decay or gum disease? Have you suffered an injury that left you missing several teeth? Are you tired of those empty spaces in your smile? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then dental implants may be the solution for you. Dental implants act as replacements for the roots of missing teeth, while supporting natural-looking replacement teeth. Dental implants have restored the smiles of thousands of people; isn’t it time you become one of the success stories? To undergo single or multiple tooth replacement with dental implants, contact our Irving, TX practice today.

How Dental Implants Work

When you lose a tooth to decay, gum disease, or trauma, the bone in your jaw is no longer stimulated and begins to shrink. As the jaw shrinks, it can contribute to a sunken in facial appearance. Traditional bridges and dentures fill in the space left by missing teeth, but they do not stimulate the jawbone, so the jaw continues to shrink.

Dental implants can be placed to replace the actual tooth’s roots. They stimulate the jawbone, which results in good jawbone health.

Made of titanium, dental implants are tiny posts that the dentist surgically implants into the bone of your jaw. As the implant site heals, the bone fuses with the post, providing a solid anchor for tooth restorations. Once the implants are completely healed, the doctor attaches small connectors, or abutments, to them, and then secures a crown, bridge, or denture.

Dental Implant Crowns to Replace Single Teeth

A dental implant-supported crown can be used to replace a single missing tooth. Unlike a crown and bridge unit, which is supported by crowned teeth on either end, a dental implant-supported crown actually replaces a tooth and its root. The crown is attached to the implant, so it does not require the treatment of surrounding healthy teeth. In addition, the crown will be custom made to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth, so it will look and feel as good as the original tooth.

Dental Implants to Replace Multiple Teeth

For those who have lost multiple teeth, dental implants can be attached to a bridge or denture. A bridge replaces one tooth or a few teeth in a row. A permanently anchored, implant-supported bridge can replace three or four teeth with as few as two implants – and no crowns are used to anchor the appliance.

A partial denture snaps onto dental implants, replacing several teeth, while a full denture replaces all of the teeth on the upper or lower arch. Both partial and full dentures can be removable or fixed. A full denture needs as few as four to six implants for optimal stability. Because they are attached to implants, the dentures will be completely stable, never slipping or wobbling out of place.

Contact Us Today for a Consultation

Whether you are missing one tooth or many teeth, waiting to replace them is not ideal. The longer you wait to replace missing teeth, the more your jawbone will degenerate. Furthermore, remaining, healthy teeth will shift into the spaces left by missing teeth, which can negatively affect your occlusion and jaw health. If you are interested in dental implants, contact our dental practice today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mounir Iskandar. Dr. Iskandar has years of experience placing dental implants, and is ready to help you reclaim the smile you love.