Multiple dental implants
If you’re missing more than one tooth, there are a number of options available to you at Bothwell Dental & Implant Clinic.
What is a dental implant?
When a tooth falls out, the root which normally holds it in place is lost as well. This means there is then nothing to hold a replacement tooth in place. A dental implant solves this problem by using a titanium fixture to replicate the function of the tooth’s natural root.
The implant is placed into the jaw where it fuses with the bone. Like your natural root, it then provides a foundation. This provides a secure point onto which a crown can be placed, replacing the missing tooth.
Is a dental implant right for me?
Most healthy people, who regularly brush their teeth and visit the dentist, are suitable for implants. Dental implants can be a great solution for people of any age.
While implants are suitable for most people, there are circumstances where implants may not be suitable. It’s important that you speak to your Portman dentist if you’re concerned about any of the below.
What are the alternatives to implants?
Missing teeth can be managed in a number of ways. These can be summaries as follows:
Accept the space, which is obviously unacceptable for front teeth and not advised for back teeth.
Replace the missing tooth or teeth with a denture which is patient removable. Dentures can replace some of the teeth (partial denture) or all the teeth (full denture). A partial denture is often used as a provisional prosthesis as it can be made prior to tooth extraction and be fitted at the time the teeth are extracted. If you find wearing a partial denture is satisfactory then no other treatment may be required.
Replace the missing tooth or teeth with a bridge which is fixed to either natural teeth or dental implants and is not patient removable. Bridges fall into two categories. The first are adhesive bridges that bond to the back of an adjacent tooth. They require little tooth preparation and can provide long term solutions to missing teeth. If they have a drawback it is that they can de-bond unexpectedly. The second type of bridge cements over a natural tooth. This type of tooth borne bridge requires extensive tooth reduction that can lead to a tooth dying or fracturing. Both types of bridges require reasonably healthy teeth to attach to. If a supporting tooth is lost then the bridge is lost.