Dental Implants for Several Missing Teeth | Warren Kaggen DDS

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Replacement of multiple missing teeth with dental implants is the gold standard in dentistry. Some of these dental issues may be familiar to you if you have several missing or severely damaged teeth:

  • Food is difficult to chew.You may find chewing food difficult and uncomfortable if you are missing multiple teeth in your mouth.
  • Adjacent teeth shift. Missing multiple teeth can cause adjacent healthy teeth to shift over time, negatively impacting them.
  • Poor dental hygiene, gum disease, and bad breath. 
  • Bone loss. If you are missing teeth in your mouth, your body will naturally try to heal itself. However, the natural healing process causes bone resorption.
  • Avoid talking or smiling. Those with missing teeth in prominent areas of their mouth often avoid talking or smiling around others.

There are three main treatment options available to those with multiple missing or failing teeth: 

  • Partially removable denture
  • Multiple tooth-supported fixed bridges
  • Implant-supported bridge

Partially removable denture

Removable partial dentures are held in place with clasps that grab onto adjacent, healthy teeth. Clasps, which attach to healthy teeth snugly, put pressure on the gums and natural teeth beneath them. As a result, the jawbone weakens, and the supporting teeth lose their stability, leading to further tooth loss. The absence of a root system for the missing teeth compromises the integrity of the jawbone and accelerates bone loss (atrophy), resulting in rapid bone deterioration.

Multiple tooth-supported fixed bridges

Multiple tooth-supported fixed bridges are traditional tooth replacement options and have all the complications, compromises, and risks of single tooth bridges, only to a greater extent. As more teeth are involved, decay, root canal infections, periodontal bone loss, and bone atrophy can become worse. Bridges with multiple teeth often fail faster than single-tooth bridges.

However, dental implants are the best and most durable option for replacing multiple missing or failing teeth. With very low maintenance, dental implants are the most natural-looking and feeling tooth replacement option.

Implants for multiple missing teeth are capable of the following:

  • Stop bone resorption (deterioration).
  • They are much more comfortable and stable than partial dentures.
  • Preserve the integrity of the facial structure (no sagging jawline).
  • Metal clasps won’t wear away the gum line, ensuring it stays intact.
  • Restore natural chewing and biting abilities.
  • Keep adjacent natural teeth.
  • It allows you to eat foods you couldn’t before, such as steak, corn on the cob, apples, and sticky snacks.
  • They look, function, and feel just like natural teeth.
  • Providing a permanent solution for tooth replacement—no more messy denture adhesives or cleaning solutions!

The benefits of replacing multiple missing teeth with dental implants

An implant-supported bridge is a superior alternative to a traditional tooth-supported bridge. Here’s why:

  • It is an effective, long-term solution. Dental bridges and partial dentures are less expensive upfront, but they are not permanent tooth replacements. Often, bridges and dentures need to be maintained or replaced throughout your lifetime, which can be very costly in the future. Compared to other tooth-replacement options, dental implants have a 98% success rate. 
  • The standard of care For missing teeth, dental implants are now considered the “standard of care” since the jawbone bonds with the titanium implant and provides a strong base for the new crown. As a result, the replacement looks, feels, and functions just like natural teeth.
  • The surrounding teeth are preserved. By choosing a dental implant over a bridge, you can preserve your adjacent natural teeth.
  • The ease of care Keeping your dental implants well-maintained can be just as simple as caring for your other natural teeth.

Dental implants are an investment in your future, as they will improve your oral health, your quality of life, and your confidence for years to come. If you are considering dental implants, please contact our Queens, NY Dental Implants office to schedule a consultation. We would be happy to assist you with your new smile.

Queens Center for Implant and Sedation Dentistry
Phone: 718-767-9224
14-19 150th Street 1A
Whitestone, NY 11357