Most tooth replacement options can restore some chewing power, but because they replace only the visible portion of missing teeth, they do not deliver optimum functionality. Dental implants, on the other hand, replace teeth from the roots up, which means they feel and function just like natural teeth. On this page, we’ll spend a bit of time comparing all of your options for rebuilding your lost teeth and bringing back your whole smile.
If you do not receive dental implants, one of the following types of prosthetics may be able to replace your lost teeth:
A fixed bridge, sometimes called a crown and bridge, has crowns, which fit over the teeth adjacent to the empty space. The crowns support 1 – 3 artificial teeth between them that “bridge” the gap.
A partial denture is a removable prosthesis that replaces multiple teeth at various places throughout a dental arch. Small attachments help it to remain sturdy in the mouth during eating and speaking.
A traditional full denture is a removable restoration that replaces an entire arch of missing teeth.
If you choose implant-supported tooth replacement, you’ll undergo a minimally invasive surgery, wherein Dr. Patel will insert dental implants at strategic locations throughout your jawbone. Then, over a period of a few months, the bone will bond with the implants in a process known as osseointegration. The implants will thus be able to act as substitute tooth roots. After osseointegration, Dr. Patel will design a crown, bridge, or denture to go on top of your dental implants.
Choosing multiple teeth implants to rebuild your smile comes with some significant advantages:
Are you ready to fill in the empty spaces in your smile? Contact our team today to schedule a restorative consultation with Dr. Patel.