Dental Implants – Several Teeth Missing
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.
Even one missing tooth can ultimately lead to the loss of additional teeth and ultimately, a permanent change in your facial appearance
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.
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.