Many adults will end up missing at least one permanent tooth in their lifetime, while others may have several missing or failing teeth. Dr. Daniel Martin at Placer Oral & Dental Implant Surgery helps patients in Roseville, California, with multiple missing teeth achieve a complete smile through various implant restorations. Dr. Daniel Martin will create a custom treatment plan unique to your needs so that you can restore your smile's appearance and function while also restoring your confidence.
Teeth play a vital role in your oral and general health. They bite and chew and give your face its shape. Tooth roots stimulate the jaw bone when chewing and keeps the bone strong and healthy. When a single tooth or multiple teeth are missing, the jaw bone does not receive the stimulation it needs and will deteriorate over time. Tooth loss can cause uneven or sagging facial features, and adjacent teeth can shift into the open space.
The longer you go without replacing a missing tooth, the more the jaw bone will atrophy. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that replaces the entire tooth, including the root, to prevent bone loss. Whereas traditional methods like dental bridges or removable partial dentures only sit on top of the bony ridge in the mouth, dental implants fuse to the jaw bone underneath, creating a secure foundation that mimics natural teeth.
You can receive multiple dental implants, one at a time or several at a time, as you need them. However, if you are in need of an entire new arch of teeth or a brand new smile, the All-on-4 treatment concept is an excellent solution. For this treatment, Dr. Martin will insert four dental implant posts and attach a fixed denture in a single surgical visit. You will leave our office with a brand new smile that you will love to show off.
Because the implants support a fixed prosthesis, you no longer have to worry about sliding parts, sores, or overall clunkiness that comes with traditional dentures. This treatment, which is a type of full-arch restoration, can also replace traditional tooth bridges. In doing so, you achieve all the benefits of dental implants while replacing multiple missing teeth.
While they may seem similar because they replace teeth, there are many differences between dentures and dental implants. Dentures are removable prostheses that sit in the mouth. You can receive full or partial dentures, depending on the number of teeth that you need to replace. When you eat or brush your teeth, you must take dentures out because they are not secure and do not function like natural teeth, which many patients find embarrassing.
Dental bridges or partials that are cemented in place will remain in the mouth at all times but will not provide the full strength and durability as natural teeth. In most cases, traditional dentures, bridges, and partials are cheaper upfront. However, you must replace them every few years due to wear and tear. They do not preserve the jaw bone, leaving you susceptible to future jaw bone repair treatment that can be quite costly.
Dental implants preserve the shape of your face and remain in your mouth at all times. There are no special rinses or care regimens necessary. Simply brush and floss your replacement teeth the same way as natural teeth to maintain proper oral hygiene. Unlike dentures, dental implants will not need to be replaced as long as they are cared for. While they can cost more money upfront, they can save you money and time down the road by protecting your oral health.
For a multiple tooth replacement you can depend on, contact Placer Oral & Dental Implant Surgery to find out more about dental implants.