Patients often want to replace multiple missing teeth as quickly as possible, and understandably so. But it’s important to consider all of your alternatives to determine which method will work best in your particular case.
Dental implants offer one option for replacing a number of missing teeth. A series of single dental implants may be used, or the implants can anchor a partial denture. Similarly, dental implants can be placed to secure an entire upper or lower arch of teeth.
This treatment requires a specialist, often an oral surgeon, to insert the dental implants into the jaw bone. Over the course of several weeks, the dental implants osseointegrate, or fuse with the bone. [pullquote]Dental implants offer one option for replacing a number of missing teeth.[/pullquote]
Because of this process, dental implants are far more stable than other tooth replacement devices. They help to hold the jawbone in place, as it will erode after the teeth’s roots are lost.
Dental implants also do a better job of preserving the functionality of the biological teeth. The teeth are anchored in place, so they are more effective at chewing. Implant-supported dentures and partials also won’t slip out of place and affect a patient’s speech.
Patients who need to replace multiple missing teeth may also turn to conventional dentures, either partials or full dentures depending on how many teeth are missing.
For many patients, the disadvantages of this approach are cause for concern. Dentures can be unsightly and uncomfortable. They don’t stay put in the same way that dental implants do, and that can compromise diet and speech.
Some people are wary of the surgery involved in dental implants, but it’s a straightforward outpatient procedure. Those who are particularly anxious can opt for sedation to ease their minds during the surgery.
When deciding on a method to replace multiple missing teeth, you should do extensive research on each option so that your choice is a well-informed one. It may be helpful for you to consult with our experienced oral surgeons during this process. Contact our Dallas office at 214-234-9143 to schedule your visit.