If you have multiple missing teeth, you’re probably all too familiar with the woes that those gaps in your smile can bring. You may lack confidence in social situations, and it may be difficult for you to enjoy all of your favorite foods. You are also at an increased risk of suffering from further dental problems, including drifting teeth, gum disease, and future tooth loss. Fortunately, we can help you fill in those gaps and protect your oral health. Dr. Rana and our team offer several options for multiple tooth replacement in Mesquite.
There are essentially four ways in which you can replace multiple teeth: a traditional fixed bridge, an implant-supported bridge, a traditional partial denture, or an implant-supported partial denture. When you visit Dr. Rana for your consultation, he’ll discuss the pros and cons of your treatment options with you so you can make a decision that fits in well with your goals and your budget. Regardless of which procedure you undergo, you can look forward to once again owning a complete, confident, and beautiful smile.
A traditional fixed bridge, sometimes called crown and bridge, is a prosthetic that uses your remaining natural teeth for support. Two crowns go on top of the teeth that are next to the empty space (the abutment teeth), while artificial teeth “bridge” the empty space between the crowns. A traditional bridge can be quite sturdy and natural-looking. However, it does not support jawbone health, and it requires that the abutment teeth be significantly modified.
Instead of relying on your remaining natural teeth for support, an implant-supported bridge gains all of its support from dental implants that get placed beneath the gum line. The implants act as substitutes for the roots of the missing teeth, and they support the crowns that hold your bridge in place. An implant-supported bridge stimulates bone health and helps to keep your natural, healthy dentition intact. It has the potential to last for decades with proper care.
A traditional partial denture is a prosthetic that replaces multiple teeth at various places throughout an arch. It’s kind of like a puzzle piece that fits in exactly where it is needed. Small metal attachments help it to stay secure in the mouth. An implant-supported partial denture is similar, but it uses implants to stay in place rather than metal attachments. It offers superior longevity and stability.
Dental implants are stronger and longer-lasting than traditional tooth replacement options. That is why we encourage patients to choose them over treatments that may be simpler and less expensive upfront but are a lesser long-term value. If you are missing multiple teeth in a row, an implant-supported bridge is likely the ideal treatment for you. If your tooth loss has occurred at various places throughout your mouth, an implant-supported partial denture would probably work better for you.
The cost of your treatment will depend on how many teeth you’re replacing, the materials used, and whether you opt for a traditional or implant-supported prosthetic. Although dental implants tend to cost more, they are a superior investment because of the many benefits they offer. When you visit us for your consultation, we’ll provide you with an estimate for the cost of your procedure and help you explore your payment options. You may be surprised by how easy it is to afford your new smile!
Are you ready to fill in the gaps in your smile? Contact us today to get on the road to a fully restored set of teeth.