Whether you’re missing a few teeth in a row or all throughout your mouth, they likely are on your mind at least once every day. Multiple missing teeth are usually the result of either an accident or a lack of oral hygiene, but in any case, the issues they create can be far reaching. In addition to affecting how your smile looks, multiple missing teeth almost always lead to jawbone degeneration, which can cause your face to have a sunken, sallow, and aged appearance. At Brand New Smile Dental Implant Centers, we have numerous options that can address this exact problem, and with our team, we’ll help you find the one that is best suited to you. To get started, simply schedule your free consultation today.
If you have teeth missing throughout your mouth, a partial denture is one of the fastest ways to replace them all at once. Partial dentures consist of prosthetic ceramic teeth fitted to an acrylic gum-colored base, and they are designed to fit among the remaining teeth like the missing piece of a puzzle. They use small metal clasps to stay in place in the mouth, and this often puts pressure on the gums and teeth, which can cause pain. Typically, we like to use them as a stop-gap solution before giving a patient a more permanent restoration.
A fixed bridge is specifically designed to replace a row of consecutive missing teeth. They consist of three main parts: two dental crowns fitted over the teeth neighboring the missing ones, and prosthetic teeth that are attached to them and simply sit on top of the gums. While they do provide a better cosmetic and functional replacement than a partial denture, they do tend to accumulate food particles and plaque, which can make a person more likely to develop cavities or gum disease near the bridge. While they provide a solid solution for those desiring to replace missing teeth, implant-retained bridges are often times a better and more lasting solution.
For those looking for a long-term solution to their multiple missing teeth, dental implants can actually be used to support a fixed bridge. Rather than shaving down the natural teeth, two dental implant crowns are placed on either side of the gap in someone’s smile, and then these are bonded to prosthetic teeth to fill in the space. Compared to partial dentures and fixed bridges, implant-retained bridges look more natural, last longer, and help a patient eat and speak more normally.