If you have multiple missing teeth, it is important to have them replaced as soon as possible. Dental implants are highly effective and the most natural treatment option available today. Even though dental implants are the most expensive solution, they are also the only solution to help prevent bone loss. When teeth go missing, the bone begins to deteriorate because the tooth root is gone. Dentures and bridges do not replace the tooth root but dental implants do. There are many more reasons to replace all your missing teeth including:
- Teeth shifting
- Bite problems
- Change in face shape
- Bone deterioration
- Self-esteem issues and embarrassment from a compromised smile
Dental Implants for Multiple Missing Teeth
Dr. D. Bradley Dean is a periodontist in Plano, TX who specializes in the surgical implantation of dental implants. He will work closely with your general dentist throughout the entire process. Both your general dentist and Dr. Dean will need to perform a comprehensive evaluation and examination of your oral health as well as your overall health to which type of dental implants is best for you. The type of dental implants you need will depend on the location of your missing teeth as well as your overall oral health. He will then develop a personalized treatment plan for you that is tailored to your cosmetic goals, dental health concerns, and budget. Since no two patients have the same mouth or dental concerns; a very detailed treatment plan must be laid out in advance.
Types of Dental Implants for Multiple Missing Teeth
Individual Dental Implants – If you are missing several non-consecutive teeth, then a single dental implant for each missing tooth is the best treatment option. Each void will have a dental implant surgically placed by Dr. Dean and restored with a dental crown by your general dentist.
Dental Implants Supported Bridges – If you are missing several consecutive teeth, then a dental implant supported dental bridge is the best treatment option. A dental bridge is traditionally secured using prepared adjacent teeth, essentially damaging healthy teeth. With the use of dental implants, a dental bridge can be permanently secured in place which helps to preserve the healthy adjacent teeth. Implants provide more structural support for the jaw and bite and need less maintenance compared to traditional bridges.
Dental Implants Supported Dentures – If you are missing an entire row of teeth, either on top or bottom, then implant-supported dentures or All on Four® is recommended. Denture implants or All on Four® can be supported by as few as four strategically placed dental implants that are surgically implanted by Dr. Dean at his Plano, TX periodontist office. Denture implants have a 95% or better success rate and equally high level of patient satisfaction. While this procedure does require a greater initial investment compared to dentures alone, implant dentures offer the best long term benefits. Denture implants also allow patients to enjoy a diet without restriction.