Solutions for Replacing Multiple Missing Teeth
It’s not uncommon for one or more adult teeth to become loose or get damaged at some point in your life. Fortunately, the experts at Los Angeles Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery offer a variety of treatment options to help patients missing multiple teeth achieve a complete and fully functioning smile. Our board-certified oral surgeons specialize in replacing teeth and will design a treatment plan that is unique to your specific needs.
Whether you recently had several teeth damaged because of trauma or have been missing teeth for many years, there are several options to consider for tooth replacement. These options include:
- Implant-Supported Bridges. Traditional bridges require your healthy teeth to be ground down in order to fit the bridge. Instead, one or more dental implants can be inserted to support a bridge. This provides stimulation to the jaw bone while protecting the health of your natural teeth.
- Full-Arch Restoration. Ideal for patients missing many or all of their teeth, this procedure secures a fixed denture into one or both arches with dental implants.
- Traditional Bridges/Partials. These appliances cosmetically restore your smile. However, there are no parts that replicate the roots and stimulate the jaw bone. This leaves you susceptible to jaw bone loss and other teeth shifting out of position.
- No Replacement. By not replacing your missing teeth, you will go on with an incomplete smile. The jaw bone will atrophy over time because of lack of stimulation, and adjacent teeth can shift into the open spaces. Some patients develop bite misalignment and sagging facial features.
Dental implants offer many advantages over traditional dentures, bridges, or partials. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement solution that is embedded into the jaw bone. It acts and feels just like a natural tooth, providing adequate stimulation to the jaw while allowing you to enjoy your favorite foods.
Tooth loss often leads to jaw bone atrophy. This is because without the tooth roots present to provide stimulation during chewing, the bone will deteriorate. Implant placement prevents this from happening, as we insert the posts into the jaw bone, mimicking the roots of natural teeth.
A bridge or removable partial denture will restore the appearance of a complete smile. However, removable appliances must be specially cared for and cleaned. Dental implants are custom-made to fit comfortably and feel natural in your mouth, making them easy to clean around. In fact, you care for dental implants with regular brushing and flossing just like natural teeth.
Because of this, fixed bridges can cause plaque buildup as they’re more difficult to clean around. This can lead to infections, tooth decay, or gum disease. As your natural teeth support it, the bridge can put a lot of strain on them, causing damage or misalignment. Dental implants protect your healthy teeth by supporting the bridge themselves.
Patients who have experienced trauma, disease, or have lost all of their teeth for other reasons often dream of the day where they can have a healthier smile again. At Los Angeles Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we make that dream of having a complete smile a reality through full-arch restoration.
This remarkable procedure uses multiple dental implant posts to support a fixed prosthesis, also known as a permanent denture. You can receive this in one or both dental arches. The results are natural-looking and fully functioning, allowing you to leave our office with a brand new smile and a renewed sense of self-esteem.
Full-arch restoration is a healthy alternative to removable dentures because the implant posts stimulate the jaw bone, preventing bone loss. Your new teeth are permanent. They remain in your mouth at all times and are cared for with regular brushing, flossing, and proper hygiene. While traditional dentures need to be replaced every few years, your prosthesis through full-arch restoration will serve you for a lifetime when properly cared for.
By using state-of-the-art technology and surgical guides, our board-certified experts make your oral surgery experience easy. There are always options to explore if you are unhappy with the appearance or health of your smile. Implant restorations create long-term results that you can feel great about. Contact Los Angeles Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery today to see how our team of specialists can improve your smile, health, and confidence.
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