Losing a single tooth can impact your self-esteem, but multiple missing teeth can be devastating to your oral health and your quality of life. If you’ve lost several teeth, you don’t need to live with the challenges of an incomplete smile. Dr. Curcio offers the latest solutions in tooth replacement, including dental implants. She can replace your missing teeth with the next best thing to your own with an implant-retained bridge.
Losing two teeth in a row puts you at an increased risk of additional tooth loss. You can give your remaining teeth the support they need using one of two options: fixed bridge or implant-supported bridge. The traditional method uses a bridge of prosthetic teeth that’s anchored in place by bonding dental crowns over the adjacent teeth. While it’s effective, you will need to permanently alter healthy teeth.
As an alternative, you can anchor your bridge to your jawbone using a dental implant post. A titanium implant is surgically placed into your jaw, acting as a new tooth root. Your bridge won’t rely on healthy teeth for support to preserve your natural smile.
A traditional fixed bridge can also be used to replace 3 or more missing teeth in a row. It’s a convenient solution to replace the portions of your teeth above the gum line. Although it’s effective, your bridge will always have its limitations. Instead, you can enjoy a close replica of your natural teeth by supporting your bridge with a dental implant at either end. Your new smile will closely look and feel natural for an investment in your quality of life.
A partial denture has been a recommended solution to treat significant tooth loss for decades. Prosthetics are affixed to a gum-colored base, which has a metal framework to allow your remaining teeth to hold it in place. This is a convenient option, but you’ll need to have it replaced every few years.
As an alternative, your dentist can use a combination of single unit implants and implant-supported bridges to rebuild your smile. Your jaw will fuse to the posts, allowing them to last for decades with the right aftercare, so you’ll never need to worry about paying for new ones.
Unlike a traditional bridge and crowns, restorations supported by dental implants offer exceptional benefits because they treat the entire tooth structure, such as:
You don’t need to feel the weight of an incomplete smile any longer. Dr. Curcio can restore your smile and your confidence using a natural-looking solution. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for multiple tooth replacement.