Just a single gap in your smile can make daily tasks like chewing and speaking more challenging, and the problem only becomes worse when there are multiple teeth in a row missing. In many cases, dental implants are the most effective solution for this problem, but you may be intimidated by the idea of using a separate implant for every tooth. Fortunately, with dental bridges and partial dentures, Dr. Verbeyst and Dr. Morisseau can restore your smile with just two dental implant posts.
While eating and talking with a single missing tooth is sometimes manageable (depending on the location of the empty space), losing two consecutive teeth tends to be a significant issue. In these cases, it’s sometimes possible to fill the gap with just one dental implant. This is done by joining two artificial teeth together before placing them on the implant post. This efficient technique is especially useful if your jaw doesn’t have enough mass to support more than one implant.
If you have lost three or more teeth in a row, a dental bridge can replace them when combined with two dental implant posts. Traditional bridges consist of two crowns that support one or more artificial teeth (also called pontics). Normally, the crowns would be attached to the remaining healthy teeth that are adjacent to the gap, but dental implants can be used to provide support instead. This means that we won’t need to remove any enamel from your natural teeth, and your jawbone will stay strong thanks to the additional stimulation of the implant posts.
Teeth aren’t always lost in a row; sometimes there will be multiple empty spaces throughout your upper or lower arch. Even then, we may be able to replace all of these teeth with as little as two dental implant posts thanks to partial dentures. Unlike full dentures (which are used to replace an entire arch), partial dentures are custom designed so that they fit into the gaps in your mouth like a puzzle piece. After we have examined your mouth and determined that you’re a candidate for dental implants, we can help you review the different restoration options that are available.
It’s possible to use bridges and partial dentures on their own to replace missing teeth, but there are several advantages to securing them to dental implants: