Single vs. Multiple Tooth Replacement

By Dr. Damon on September 15, 2013

Tooth Loss Restorative Dentistry - Dental Implants, Crowns, Bridges, DenturesHaving a beautiful, full set of teeth is a fine way of ensuring great impressions and good overall dental health. Of course, people can lose teeth for many reasons, and this can lead to major dental health problems. It's just one of many reasons why someone would want to visit a cosmetic dentist and find out what treatment options are available for their needs.

The Dental Health Issues Associated with Tooth Loss

There are cosmetic as well as functional problems commonly associated with tooth loss. These issues are as follows:

  • Diminished smile aesthetics due to tooth gaps
  • Self-consciousness due to poor smile appearance
  • Changes in facial aesthetic, especially around the lip area
  • Difficulty eating and chewing
  • Speech impediments
  • Gum recession around the tooth gap
  • Loss of bone density around the tooth gap
  • Gradual misalignment of remaining teeth

The above are all compelling reasons to look into restorative dentistry treatment options. One great idea to consider to address the aesthetic and functional issues related to tooth loss is dental implants. These artificial tooth roots are able to support various dental appliances for individual missing teeth and multiple missing teeth in a row.

Ideal Candidates for Dental Implants

The ideal candidates for dental implants are people who have lost a tooth or multiple teeth and have sufficient jawbone and gum tissue density to support these artificial root structures.

Let's now briefly look at the various options for single-tooth and multi-tooth replacement.

Implant-supported Dental Crowns

For an individual missing tooth, a great option to consider is a dental crown supported by a dental implants. This can work for a single missing tooth or individual missing teeth located in different parts of the mouth,

Implant-supported Dental Bridges

When a person is missing a few teeth in a row, the best option to consider is a dental bridge supported by dental implants. The dental bridge will span the tooth gap, fitting snugly beside the remaining tooth structure in the mouth.

Implant-supported Dentures

When a person has lost several teeth in a row or all the teeth along the dental arch, dental bridges and individual dental crowns are no longer ideal treatments to consider. In both cases, the ideal option for care is the use of a partial or full denture supported by dental implants. The exact configuration of the dental implants can be discussed in greater detail during your visit.

The Right Option for You and Your Needs

The proper treatment option will be determined when you meet with a dentist to discuss your options for restorative care. If you are not a good candidate for dental implants, you may want to consider bone grafting or soft tissue augmentation treatments to become a candidate for implant dentistry, or otherwise consider getting removable dental bridges or dentures. We will go over all of these issues in greater detail when you stop by for a visit.

Learn More About Restorative and Implant Dentistry

For more information about all of your options for advanced dental wellness and cosmetic/restorative dentistry, be sure to contact our Fort Worth dental care center today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible results in terms of overall wellness.

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