At Hill Avenue Dental, we want you to live your life to its fullest, and that means having the confidence to look and feel your best. So, when teeth are missing, we will work with you to offer a solution that will have you back on your feet and camera ready. With so many options available to replace multiple missing teeth, it is likely you want something that is permanent, stable and feels completely natural. Fortunately, dental implants in Superior in the form of an implant-retained bridge or implant-retained partial denture can offer you the desired restoration you want for a complete and beautiful smile. Contact us today to find out how you can get started on a path to a new and improved smile.
We know you have options, and when it comes to deciding how best to replace your missing teeth, you need to know what is available, if you are eligible, and if the choice you’re making is a worthwhile investment. There are plenty of tried and true methods that offer patients the look of a beautiful smile, but only one will fully restore the structure of your teeth from the roots up – dental implants.
Crown and Bridge
A traditional crown and bridge consist of three dental crowns fused together. Two of the crowns are designed to fit snugly over the natural teeth sitting on either side of the missing tooth or teeth. In order for this to work, you must have consecutive missing teeth, and your healthy teeth must be filed down in order for the crown to fit and serve as anchors for the restoration. Once the prosthetic is ready, it is carefully put into place and the crowns covering the vacated sockets will sit on top of the gum line, replicating the image of a complete smile.
Unlike a traditional crown and bridge set up, an implant bridge uses titanium posts as anchors. For example, if three teeth are missing, the two outer sockets will have implants surgically placed into the jawbone to serve as a foundation and anchor for the bridge, which will fit over the implants and the middle socket. Not only do the implants stimulate the bone and prevent deterioration, but it also restores your smile’s aesthetics.
Partial Dentures/Implant-Supported Partial Dentures
If multiple teeth are missing but are not consecutive, an implant-supported partial denture may be the next best solution. Traditional partial dentures are designed to work as a puzzle piece, using clasps that attach to your natural teeth to hold it in place. An implant-supported partial denture uses dental implants to hold the partial in place. Not only does this make it possible for the bone to remain stronger and hold up longer, but it also allows the partial to fit more tightly because it’s snapping into place.
An examining by our dentists will help to determine which type of implant solution is right for you. There are several factors that can determine which type of implant you are eligible to receive, as well as what you consider to be of the utmost importance, some of which include:
It is true that the more teeth that are missing, the higher the cost, but the type of restoration you choose can determine how cost-effective your chosen method of treatment will be. It’s important to remember that traditional partials and a crown and bridge set up may end up costing more over the course of your life. The reason is that it will be more likely that you’ll need replacements or adjustments.
An implant-retained bridge or partial is designed to last decades or even a lifetime, so while the initial investment is more, you may be able to save money in the long run.