Teeth implants are an advanced restorative dentistry treatment that provides a simple solution for replacing missing teeth. If you are missing two are more teeth, Dr. Benjamin Stevens can create a custom treatment plan to replace them using multiple dental implants. As an experienced dental implant dentist, he offers complete implant services at his practice in Greenwood, IN.
Multiple Dental Implants
Depending on your particular circumstances, two or more dental implants can be used to secure a dental restoration. It is not necessary to replace each missing tooth with one implant when you are missing many teeth. Instead, Dr. Stevens can actually use fewer implants to replace multiple teeth. He will secure a dental bridge if you are missing several consecutive teeth or a denture if you are missing a full arch of teeth.
A dental bridge is typically used to replace a missing tooth however it can also be used to replace three or more teeth. When supported by dental implants, a bridge is more secure and does require damaging any surrounding teeth.
Traditionally, a bridge required the two adjacent teeth to be used to as anchors for the fixture. Those teeth would be grinded down and would need to support the entire bridge. However, with an implant-supported bridge, the surrounding teeth are left unharmed. Dr. Stevens will use two (sometimes more) implants to secure your custom made dental bridge.
Implant-supported dentures are sometimes referred to as “all on four” because all the teeth can be replaced using four dental implants. However, a denture can be secured with anywhere from two to eight dental implants, depending on the patients’ needs and oral health.
Denture implants are more secure than traditional, removable dentures. Dentures use suction with the gums to remain in place and sometimes adhesive is also needed. They are known to slip around in the mouth which leads to many issues such as slurring and difficulty eating. Many people find living with dentures is not suitable for them.
Dentures that are secured to dental implants are very secure, will never slip around in your mouth, allow you to eat a large variety of food, and do not require sticky adhesives to stay in place.
The Advantages of Multiple Dental Implants
Dental implants are a revolutionary dental tool that has changed how tooth loss is treated. They allow patients to live as normally as they did before losing teeth. Since they are secured to the jaw bone, they are more durable and more stable than the alternative teeth replacement solutions. Multiple dental implants will help you regain your confidence and eat, laugh, and smile again without feeling embarrassed. You will be able to eat almost any food you want and you will be in better dental health!
Learn More About Multiple Dental Implants
If you are interested in learning more about multiple dental implants, the advantages they offer and the process, schedule a consultation with Dr. Stevens. The entire dental team looks forward to working with you at our Greenwood, IN dentist office.