Having one missing tooth may not seem that bad, but patients who have multiple missing teeth can become overwhelmed easily. The most common causes of missing teeth include injury, gum disease, and tooth decay.
Having multiple missing teeth or damaged teeth that will require extraction can have many negative implants on your oral and overall health. Not to mention the impact it will have on your self-esteem.
To avoid further damage and improve the appearance of your smile, it is imperative to replace your missing teeth as soon as possible. Dr. Ed Lazer is a Baltimore dentist that offers his patients many options when faced with missing teeth.
Traditionally, missing teeth were replaced with a partial denture or full denture. Dr. Lazer will recommend dental implants if the patient qualifies for them because they are the only option that replaces the tooth and the tooth root.
Types of Dental Implants for Multiple Missing Teeth
The type of dental restoration Dr. Lazer will use will depend on location and number of missing teeth. The restoration will be supported by a certain number of implants for maximum durability and stability. Below is the breakdown of which type of implant you will need:
If you are missing multiple nonconsecutive teeth
If you only have a few missing teeth that are not consecutive, then Dr. Lazer will simply replace each missing tooth with a dental implant supported dental crown. At each location, an implant will be surgically placed in the root canal. After it has fused with the jaw bone and healed, Dr. Lazer will attach a dental crown to each implant completing your smile.
If you are missing multiple consecutive teeth
If your missing teeth are consecutive, then Dr. Lazer will replace them with a dental implant supported dental bridge. The bridge will contain all the missing teeth in one piece. Two implants will be surgically placed on both sides of the gap and left alone to heal and fuse with the surrounding bone. After this, the dental bridge will be securely attached to the implants.
If you are missing an entire arch of teeth
Millions of people in the United States are missing all their teeth. The only solution that will replace the teeth and deliver a good quality of life is dental implants supported dentures. Dentures can be secured to as little as four surgically placed implants. They must be strategically placed to provide proper support for the denture.
Which Option Is Best For You
You should schedule a consultation with Dr. Lazer at his Baltimore dentist office to learn more about which option will work best for you. Not everyone will qualify for dental implants. You must be in good over all health and have an adequate amount of bone in your jaw to support the implants.
Dental implants are only recommended for adults whose jaw bone is done growing. Contrary to what people believe, being too old is not a deterrent to getting dental implants. Dr. Lazer may recommend certain treatments that a patient will need to get done first in order to qualify for implants. This may include a bone graft, gum disease treatment, or tooth extractions.
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