Having one missing tooth may not seem that bad, but patients who have multiple missing teeth can become easily overwhelmed. The most common causes of missing teeth include injury, gum disease, and tooth decay.
Having many missing teeth, or damaged teeth that require extraction, can have a negative impact 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 look of your smile, it is imperative to replace your missing teeth as soon as possible. Dr. Andrey Doroshenko is a Baltimore Prosthodontist that offers his patients many options when faced with missing teeth.
Traditionally, dentists replace missing teeth using a partial denture or full denture. Dr. Doroshenko 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 implant prosthetic Dr. Doroshenko will use will depend on the location and the number of missing teeth. A certain number of implants will support the prosthetic for maximum strength and stability. Below is the breakdown of which type of implant you may need.
Implant-supported Crown: If You Are Missing Many Nonconsecutive Teeth
If you only have a few missing teeth that are not next to each other, then Dr. Doroshenko will recommend simply replacing each missing tooth with an implant-supported dental crown. Our dentist will surgically place the implant post in the root canal at each location. After your jaw bone fuses with each post, Dr. Doroshenko will attach a dental crown to each implant post to complete your treatment.
The implant-supported crown has three components:
- The implant post that replaces the natural tooth root.
- The abutment that attaches the crown to the post.
- The metal or porcelain crown that covers the implant.
In some cases, a dentist can use an implant-supported crown in place of a traditional dental bridge. This can work for patients who have lost more teeth because it provides support to neighboring teeth as well as create space for prosthetic dentures down the road.
Implant-supported Dental Bridge: If You Are Missing Multiple Consecutive Teeth
If you have a section or row of missing teeth, then Dr. Doroshenko will replace them with an implant-supported dental bridge. The bridge will contain all the replacement teeth in one piece. Here, our dentist places two implant posts, one on each side of the gap. He will let your mouth heal and fuse with them for a period. After this, he will securely attach the dental bridge to the implant posts.
Implant-supported Dentures: If You Are Missing an Entire Arch of Teeth
Millions of people in the United States are missing all their teeth. The one solution that will replace the teeth and deliver a good quality of life is dental implant-supported dentures. Our dentists can secure dentures to as little as four surgically placed dental implant posts. You must be missing all of your teeth for this treatment.
Implant-supported dentures consist of two parts: an implant that your periodontist or oral surgeon surgically places in the jawbone, and a framework that holds artificial teeth in place in your mouth. Your dentist can remove implanted dentures if necessary, but they will remain anchored to the bone on a normal basis.
The implant posts protect against bone deterioration and helps to maintain natural facial contours. This means that you won’t have to worry about facial sagging that comes with missing teeth.
Which Option Is Best For You?
Make an appointment with Dr. Doroshenko online, or call (410) 697-6290. Learn more about which option will work best for you at his Baltimore dental office. Not everyone will qualify for dental implants. You must be in good overall health and have an adequate amount of bone in your jaw to support the implants.
We only recommend dental implants for adults who have a fully developed jaw bone that is in good condition. Contrary to what people believe, being too old is not a deterrent to getting dental implants. Furthermore, Dr. Doroshenko may recommend certain treatments first in order to qualify for implants. This may include a bone graft, gum disease treatment, or tooth extractions.
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