When a patient suffers from multiple teeth being lost, multiple dental implants can be utilized for the support and function of these areas.
A complete denture is when one or both jaws are missing all teeth. A traditional denture relies on bone and soft tissue to hold and support the denture in place during function, such as eating and talking. It is made from either acrylic, metal, or both, and it replaces the gum tissue, as well as crowns. It needs to be removed and rinsed after eating and at night, while sleeping. A patient may notice a change in fit of their denture if they lose or gain weight, suffer from dry mouth, or, most commonly, continue to lose bone in their jaw.
A bad fitting or loose denture can immediately become difficult to wear and often impacts the quality of life for the patient. Multiple dental Implants can be utilized to help hold a loose denture in place. This treatment improves speaking, eating, and confidence for the patient.
If a patient is missing more than one tooth, but not all teeth, a removable partial or dental implant fixed partial denture are available options.
A removable partial denture, like a complete denture, uses soft tissue, bone, and remaining teeth to help support the partial while it is in function. Dental implants can also be used to better support a removable partial if a patient should have limited or unstable remaining teeth.
A dental implant retained fixed partial denture is also known as an implant bridge. It works best when patients need two or more teeth replaced but do not have adjacent teeth to fix a crown to. This option can replace teeth, as well as soft tissue, if esthetically necessary.