Dr. Andrew C. Cobb, a Washington, D.C. dentist, offers several options for replacement if you are missing multiple teeth. Dental implants provide long-term and highly effective results for patients missing more than one tooth. Missing teeth can be replaced using several separate dental implants to replace individual teeth, with the use of a bridge to replace consecutive missing teeth, or with dentures if you’re missing a whole row of teeth. Dental implants offer a permanent solution for missing teeth with a success rate of over 95%.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
There are many reasons to replace all your missing teeth and the longer you wait to do so, the worse your oral health issues may get. These reasons include:
- Bone deterioration
- Teeth shifting
- Bite problems
- Change in face shape
Types of Dental Implants for Multiple Missing Teeth
The type of dental implants procedure you receive will depend on the number and location of your missing teeth as well as your overall oral health. Dr. Cobb will meet with you during a consultation at his Washington, D.C. dentist office to perform a thorough dental health exam to see which type is right for you. Using the latest technology, including digital radiography and 3D bone scans, Dr. Cobb is able to get a precise look at what is going on inside the mouth and bone.
Dr. Cobb will then create a specific treatment plan that involves an oral surgeon or other specialists, who will place the dental implant and dental laboratory who will fabricate the surgical guides (if used) and final restoration.
Dental Implant Secured Crown – Single dental implants can be used to replace multiple non-consecutive teeth. Usually, the implant is placed and restored with a dental crown. Dental implants can be used to replace teeth that are congenitally missing or teeth that have been lost due to accidents, tooth decay, gum disease or other reasons.
Dental Implant Secured Bridge – Dr. Cobb will recommend a dental bridge to replace several consecutively missing teeth. A dental bridge is traditionally secured using prepared adjacent 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.
Dental Implant Secured Denture – Dr. Cobb offers implant supported dentures for a permanent and secure result when replacing all of the upper or lower teeth. Known as “all on four”, implant dentures can be supported by as few as four dental implants. This type of restoration has a very high success rate and level of patient satisfaction. Traditional removable dentures require special daily and thorough cleanings. Dentures do not support the structure of the jaw bone and patients may experience gradual bone loss and deterioration of the structure of the jaw. Implant supported dentures also help to maintain the bone structure in the face. While there is a greater investment initially, implant supported dentures provide superior long term benefits. Denture implants also allow patients to enjoy a diet without restriction.