Dental implants can be utilized to properly anchor prosthetic replacements for missing teeth, such as fixed bridges. When multiple teeth are missing, the solution offered for single tooth replacement, such as single dental implants, requires extensive restorative efforts and can be an expensive option. In addition, options for multiple teeth replacement, such as removable dentures or bridges, are difficult to clean, harm adjacent teeth, and lack stability.
Dental implants can be placed to support a fixed bridge to minimize procedure time and reduce the number of implants necessary to restore a smile.
Rather than utilizing more traditional methods of fixed bridge placement, many oral surgeons recommend the dental implant solution because of the wide range of benefits it provides, including
- A stable foundation for the prosthesis, allowing patients to bite and chew food properly as though they had natural teeth
- Eliminates slippage or movement as the prosthesis is fixed directly to the implants
- Easy maintenance of dental health, as the brushing and flossing around the prosthesis can be performed without difficulty
- Improved health of the surrounding natural teeth, as they do not need to be ground down or relied upon as strength to support the bridge
At times, additional procedures, such as bone grafting, may need to be performed to make dental implant placement possible. This is necessary if the teeth have been missing for an extended length of time and the jaw bone has decreased in height or width, making it difficult for the implant to fuse with the bone properly.
What can I expect during the dental implant procedure?
Dental implants used to support a fixed prosthesis are placed and allowed to bond with the surrounding bone in the same manner as a single-tooth implant. During the first surgical procedure, the implants will be inserted into the jaw and given the proper amount of time to heal and fuse with the jaw bone for stability. After the appropriate healing time, healing abutments are placed on each implant to allow contouring of the tissue.
When the implant is securely anchored in the bone, the healing abutments are removed, and final abutments are attached to the implants. These function as the core of the replacement teeth that are attached directly to the implants.
The bridge is designed to be permanently affixed to the implants. As with a single tooth implant, the finished result has a similar aesthetic to your natural teeth with the same functionality. There are no unsightly metal hooks or clasps.
Are dental implants the right solution to replace my multiple missing teeth?
If you are missing multiple teeth, dental implants are the most secure solution for supporting a fixed prosthesis. If you are interested in learning more about dental implant placement and your options for tooth restoration, we encourage you to contact Greater Charlotte Oral & Facial Surgery to schedule an initial consultation at one of our offices in Charlotte or Gastonia, NC, or Fort Mill, SC. Dr. Marashi or Dr. Ricciuti will perform a thorough oral examination and review your X-rays to determine the best surgical solution to meet your needs and restore your smile.