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Multiple missing teeth are usually the result of one of two things: an accident or a consistent lack of oral hygiene. While people with this problem are very aware of the negative cosmetic impact it can have, what they may not know is how it can affect their oral health as well. Multiple missing teeth can often lead to jawbone deterioration, which can cause the remaining teeth to shift and create a variety of jaw alignment problems. Fortunately, Dent-Plant can use dental implants and other treatments to both restore your smile’s appearance as well as protect your long term health.
An implant-retained bridge works using the same principle as a regular dental bridge, in that crowns placed around the gap in a smile are used to support prosthetic teeth. With an implant-retained bridge, however, these supporting teeth are actually implant-retained crowns, meaning that healthy teeth do not need to be filed down in order to hold the bridge in place. Because of this, they tend to last much longer and look more natural than a traditional dental bridge.
This is one of the most common treatments used to replace a row of consecutive missing teeth, and it works by placing dental crowns on the teeth surrounding the gap in the smile which is then cemented to prosthetic teeth that sit on top of the gum line. While they offer a more stable solution than partial dentures, they do require the removal of healthy enamel in order to be placed.
A partial denture consists of prosthetic teeth attached to a gum-colored acrylic base. It can be used to replace missing teeth located throughout the mouth, and it is held in place using small metal clasps that attach to the neighboring teeth. Partial dentures are removable, and while they can be created quickly, they can put pressure on the remaining teeth and typically need to be replaced every 5-7 years.