If you are missing several teeth, finding a suitable replacement option is of the utmost importance. At the same time, it can feel especially challenging to find something that offers as much stability and natural aesthetics as your smile had before you lost those pearly whites. Fortunately, the Thrive Dental team offers an array of restorative options to help you get your beautiful, confident smile back. Keep reading to find out what they are -- and which one may be best for you!
After your implants are placed, they will need at least four to six months to integrate with your surrounding bone and gum tissue. Depending on the type of dental implant procedure you choose, you may be able to get your new smile immediately following your surgery. This is the case for the All-on-4 treatment, which is also available at our office. Healing time can also be influenced by your current habits. To ensure the healing process goes smoothly, do not use tobacco products of any kind.
There are basically three ways to replace multiple missing teeth: a fixed bridge, an implant-supported bridge, or partial dentures (either traditional or implant-supported). Each option has its own unique advantages and disadvantages. Regardless of which one you choose, you can look forward to enhanced dental function, a more comfortable bite, and a more confident smile.
A fixed bridge, sometimes called crown and bridgework, is a dental prosthesis that fits over the remaining natural teeth. Two crowns go on top of the teeth that are adjacent to the empty space, and between one and three pontics (artificial teeth) “bridge” the gap. Bridges are a popular way to address missing teeth because the treatment process is relatively fast and affordable, and it delivers reliable results. A well-made porcelain bridge can even look so natural that it is indistinguishable from the surrounding teeth.
An implant-supported bridge is a similar concept to a traditional fixed bridge, but there is one big difference. Rather than relying on the remaining natural teeth for support, an implant-supported bridge is supported by small titanium posts that we surgically place beneath the gum line. The implants act as substitutes for the roots of missing teeth and ensure that the bridge is as sturdy and natural-feeling as possible.
A partial denture is a dental prosthesis that is designed to replace multiple missing teeth at various places throughout an arch. It is sort of like a puzzle piece that fits in exactly where it is needed. The traditional type of this restoration stays secure in the mouth with the help of discreet metal attachments. An implant-supported partial denture is anchored in the jawbone via dental implants, making it much stronger than its traditional counterpart.
We often recommend dental implants rather than traditional tooth replacement options because implants are so sturdy and natural-feeling. The implant-supported option that is right for you depends largely on where in your mouth your tooth loss has occurred. If your missing teeth are all in one area of your mouth, an implant-supported bridge may work for you. If your missing teeth are not adjacent to one another, an implant-supported partial denture could be your ideal solution.
The price of your procedure will depend on how many teeth you need to have replaced, the materials used to create your restoration, and whether you choose traditional or implant-supported tooth replacement. To receive a firm estimate of the cost of your new teeth, contact our team to schedule a consultation. After we examine your mouth and discuss your goals, we’ll design a treatment plan. We’ll also help you explore options for making your new smile as affordable as possible.