Dr. Justin Deckard is an experienced implant dentist located in Washington DC. For his patients missing several teeth, he offers many options to replace them. Multiple missing teeth are typically replaced by a partial denture or a fixed bridge. Over the years, dental implants have proven to be the best solution for missing teeth. Multiple dental implants can securely hold partial dentures and dental bridges. They are better for your oral health, prevent jaw bone loss, and require less maintenance. Your new teeth will look, feel and function like natural teeth.
Multiple Dental Implants
Implant Supported Fixed Bridge
A dental bridge is comprised of two dental crowns located on each end with the false teeth (the pontics) located in between them. Both traditional and implant supported dental bridges are fixed dental restorations that can be used to replace two or more missing teeth in a row. Although a traditional bridge is a successful treatment, there are many benefits to choosing an implant supported bridge.
Traditional dental bridges have been used for a long time to replace one or more consecutive missing teeth. A major disadvantage to having one placed is the process requires two teeth on either side of the gap to be reduced in order to accommodate the bridgework. Essentially, you are replacing missing teeth by damaging two more teeth. Also, a traditional fixed bridge does not replace the teeth at the root.
An implant supported dental bridge is permanently secured without needing to damage any healthy remaining teeth. After Dr. Deckard surgically places at least two implant posts in the jawbone, a custom dental bridge will be attached to them holding it securely in place. The greatest advantage to using this type of restoration to replace multiple missing teeth is the dental implants will act as tooth roots, preventing bone loss in the jaw. This will creates structural support for the jaw. Also, an implant supported bridge does not require healthy teeth to be reduced.
Implant Supported Partial Denture
A partial denture is a custom made dental restoration that is used when a patient is missing several teeth in various locations along an arch. This type of prosthesis is often used when the patients still has some healthy teeth and just needs to fill in several missing teeth.
Traditionally, a partial is removable and will only replace the crowns of the missing teeth. The false teeth are connected to a gum colored base. Metal clips from this base are used to hold it in place in the mouth. The disadvantages to using a traditional partial is the metal clips are sometimes visible when the patient smiles and it does not replace the teeth at the root.
An implant supported partial denture offers more advantages than a traditional partial. They allow patients to speak, bite and chew better and there are no visible metal clasps. Other advantages include: preventing bone loss in the jaw because the implants replace the teeth at the root and there are less food restrictions since dental implants are more durable. Dr. Deckard will surgically place two or more implants at his Washington DC dentist office. After about three to six months of healing time, he will then attach a custom made partial denture.