Missing teeth can and should be replaced. This is because each and every gap in your mouth potentially poses problems to your long term dental health. In fact, even one missing tooth can ultimately lead to the loss of additional teeth and ultimately, a permanent change in your facial appearance. Also adjacent teeth can collapse into the gap, while teeth in the opposing jaw can grow into the gap. Long term missing teeth also cause the bone to be resorbed or to gradually break down. The loss of even one tooth can unleash a chain reaction which left unchecked, can lead to even more permanent, irreversible physical damage.
Therefore a bridge supported by implants helps to prevent further bone loss and protects the remaining healthy teeth. If two or several teeth are missing, a bridge firmly anchored to implants provides an cosmetically pleasing and functional result that helps prevent further loss of natural bone.
Benefits to you:
No more dentures
Ability to eat and bite witout the fear of denture becoming loose or falling out
Smile with confidence
Preserve your natural teeth
With bridgework an implant per tooth is not always necessary. In fact we recommend for a 3 tooth gap to be filled with 3 tooth bridge supported by only 2 implants. With also 4 teeth missing similar number of implants is needed. With 5 teeth missing, 3 implants to support a 5 tooth bridge would be advised. Below are some examples of this type of treatment.
This lady was referred due to loose teeth
This lady was referred for replacement of her upper front teeth as these had become loose. A diagnosis of chronic periodontitis (severe gum disease) was made and periodontal therapy (gum treatment) was carried out first to stabilise the remaining teeth. After this was achieved, we discussed various options for the replacement of the anterior teeth. A decision was made to extract the front teeth and place 2 implants at the same time and then place the crowns after the implants had bonded with the jawbone (Osseointegration) approximately 3 months later. This lady had an removable denture as a temporary measure whilst the the dental implants were bonding with the bone. The final result can be seen and the patient was delighted with this. This shows excellent gum tissues around the implants as well as fabulous cosmetic result with the 4 tooth bridge supported in by 2 dental implants.