Multiple Tooth Replacement
Multiple tooth replacement is a dental restoration procedure that is used to replace two or more missing teeth. There are several options available for multiple tooth replacement, including dental implants, bridges, and dentures.
Dental implants are an effective option for multiple tooth replacement because they provide a stable base for multiple replacement teeth. During the implant placement surgery, a small titanium post is placed into the jawbone for each missing tooth. Over time, the posts fuse with the surrounding bone in a process called osseointegration, which provides a stable base for replacement teeth. Once the implants have properly fused with the jawbone, customized replacement teeth are attached to the top of the implants using small connector pieces called abutments.
Dental bridges are another option for multiple tooth replacement. A dental bridge is a fixed restoration that is attached to the remaining natural teeth or dental implants on either side of the missing teeth. The replacement teeth, called pontics, are attached to the dental bridge, which is then cemented or bonded into place.
Dentures are removable appliances that can be used to replace multiple missing teeth. There are several types of dentures, including partial dentures, which are used to replace several missing teeth in a specific area, and full dentures, which are used to replace all of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw.
Multiple tooth replacement offers a number of benefits over leaving missing teeth untreated, including:
- Improved appearance: Multiple tooth replacement can improve the appearance of the smile.
- Improved function: Multiple tooth replacement allows for normal chewing, speaking, and other oral functions, improving overall oral health and quality of life.
- Long-lasting: Multiple tooth replacement is designed to be a permanent solution, and can last for many years with proper care.
- Preserves bone structure: Multiple tooth replacement helps preserve the natural bone structure of the jaw, preventing bone loss and other complications associated with missing teeth.
The best option for multiple tooth replacement will depend on a variety of factors, including the patient’s overall oral health, the location and extent of the missing teeth, and the patient’s preferences and budget. A dental implant specialist or prosthodontist can help determine the best option for each individual patient.