Missing Several Teeth
Have several missing teeth?
Embarrassed by your smile?
Tired of struggling to chew?
Missing teeth are no fun!
Missing teeth mess with our nutrition because they make it difficult to chew fresh crunchy fruits and veggies, chewy meats and heart-healthy hard nuts.
Missing teeth mess with our smiles. People with missing teeth smile less because they’re trying to hide their missing teeth.
Missing teeth mess with our facial bone. Without teeth, the bone dissolves, weakening our face structure and accelerating aging.
Missing teeth are not a life sentence
There are basically four ways to replace a group of several missing teeth. Each way has its own strengths and weaknesses that impact how it feels, functions and looks in the mouth. Keep reading to learn more.
Solution #1: Several Missing Teeth replaced with Individual Dental Implants
Missing Three Teeth (Actual Patient)
Individual Implants Replacing Several Teeth
Missing Teeth Replaced with Dental Implants (Actual Patient)
Dental Implants are the ideal way to replace multiple missing teeth. They look, feel and function like real teeth. Here are some of the things our patients love about implants:
- “My new implants look so natural! They look like MY teeth!” – Patty
- “My implants let me bite and chew like regular teeth. I can eat anything I want. I’m chewing steak again!” – Daniel
- “I don’t have to worry about dental implants getting cavities! That’s a weight off my mind.” – Becky
- “I love that implants stop bone loss. I don’t want my face to get that sunken, old lady look any sooner than it has to!” Patricia
- “Having individual implant teeth makes keeping my teeth clean a breeze. Brush like normal. Brush like normal. Floss like normal. Done. No more fancy flossers! I had bridges before and they are a pain!” – Elizabeth
People’s major complaint about implants: implants cost more than other treatments. The same technology and materials that make implants so ideal also make them more expensive. Fortunately, our team is great at finding solutions for patients who really want implants!
The Beginning: Placing the Implants (Actual Patient)
Mid-Treatment: Preparing the Implants by placing custom abutments for the New Teeth (Actual Patient)
The Finish: New Implant Teeth are Ready to Chew! (Actual Patient)
Dry mouth? No problem.
Dry mouth is a tooth killer. It can quickly ruin beautiful, healthy teeth in spite of careful brushing and flossing. Why? Saliva is our body’s mouthwash. Without it, the teeth get dirty, dry out, and decay.
Dental implants are the perfect solution for people with multiple missing teeth and dry mouth because implants CAN’T decay! Implant teeth are made from titanium and aren’t bothered one bit by the tooth-rotting acid from mouth bacteria. When dry mouth is involved, trading decayed natural teeth for new implant teeth is like trading in a motorcycle for an armored car.
Solution #2: Several Missing Teeth replaced with An Implant-Anchored Bridge
Missing Several Front Teeth (Actual Patient)
New Front Teeth with an Implant Bridge (Actual Patient)
Implant Bridges replacing multiple teeth: The Upside
- They Don’t Hurt Healthy Teeth! Implant bridges are held in place by implants instead of using neighboring teeth. This design protects healthy teeth adjacent to the missing group of teeth from unnecessary crowns.
- They’re Anti-Bone Loss (i.e. Anti-Aging) Implants hang on to the bone around them. This keeps more bone in the jaw and face, which keeps us looking younger longer than we would with a partial.
- They’re More Comfortable. Our patients say that implants feel like real teeth. No constant irritating pressure on the gums like with partials.
- Eat Anything! These implant bridges are strong and stable. Get the biting power of a horse without looking like one.
- You Never Clean These Teeth in a Cup. Taking your teeth out at night makes everyone feel old. Implant bridges stay in the mouth like teeth. Goodbye, No Teeth Nights. Hello, Handsome!
- Black Hole Be Gone. You can stop worrying about a black space showing up between your bridge and your gums. Implants slow bone loss under the bridge and keep it fitting and looking fantastic.
Implant Bridges replacing multiple teeth: The downside
- Not the cheapest. Implant bridges use implants. This makes them more expensive than partial dentures.
- Not Magical. Implant bridges only stop bone loss in the area around the implants. Implants can’t stop bone loss in areas where there aren’t implants.
- Still Mean to Clean. ALL bridges – with implants or without – have to be cleaned underneath to protect the bridge and keep the gums safe from infection. This means special flossing tools and techniques.
Solution #3: Several Missing Teeth replaced with Conventional Bridge:
Conventional Bridges: The Pros
- Built in Cloaking Device: Bridges appear to fit into the gums just like natural teeth and they look natural for a long time.
- No Denture Cleaner: Bridges are don’t come out at night. They are fixed in place. Most patients pick bridges over partials because bridges don’t wiggle around or make them feel older like partial dentures do.
- One Tooth or Several Teeth: Bridges are a pretty versatile option. They can replace several missing teeth just like they replace a single tooth.
- Yesterday’s Best is Still Good: Bridges used to be the best dentistry had to offer when a patient had multiple missing teeth. While implants are now the gold standard, bridges still provide functional, beautiful teeth.
Conventional Bridges: The Cons
- Drilling Down the Neighbors: Bridges anchor to neighboring teeth. This means drilling down those teeth in order to attach the bridge. If they already need crowns, it’s not a bad idea. But, if they’e healthy, that’s not so great. Ideally, we leave healthy teeth alone.
- Food Trap: Bridges trap food between the gums and the bridge.
- Bone Loss Gets Ugly: As bone is lost in the jaw under the bridge, the bone and gums will slowly pull away from the bridge making the bridge obvious and unnatural looking.
- Higher Maintenance: Preventing gum infection under the bridge requires constant cleaning, which means having special floss and flossers, techniques and tools.
Solution #4: Several Missing Teeth replaced with Partial Dentures
Why People Choose Partial Dentures:
- They’re Inexpensive: If you’re missing several teeth, a partial denture is the least expensive way to replace your many missing teeth and get chewing again.
- If price is your biggest concern, a partial denture is your cheapest option.
Why People Complain about Partial Dentures:
- Partials don’t stop bone loss. Without a tooth root or implant, partials have no way of stopping bone loss. Bone loss eventually leads to fragile bone, wobbly teeth, discomfort and frustration.
- They Move When You Chew: It’s hard to eat chewy, crunchy and hard foods when your teeth are wobbly. Picture salad, steak and almond roca toffee, all delicious but hard to chew with a partial denture.
- Partials Make Gums Sore: Partials put the pressure of chewing on the gums. This can cause gum irritation, sores & pain.
- Partials Leave Marks: Partials stay put because of clasps that hook around your teeth. These clasps are usually made out of metal that wears lines and weak spots in these teeth.
- Partials Sit in a Cup at Night: Partials get taken out each night. People often complain that taking out their teeth every night makes them feel older and more fragile.
Does Taking Your Teeth Out Bother You?
Modern dentistry offers some very practical removable solutions. Sadly, many patients find themselves surprised by sudden feelings of aging or depression when they transition to removable teeth. No one likes those kids of surprises. We have found that our patients are the most satisfied with their treatment when they understand, ahead of time, their treatment risks as well as the benefits. If you’re considering a partial denture, carefully consider how taking your teeth out at night may make you feel before you make your final decision. To read more on about dentures as an option for replacing missing teeth, visit Colgate’s site.
Why Do Implants Cost More?
Everyone wants implants, but people hate that implants cost more than other options.
So why are implants more expensive than bridges, partials or dentures?
- Implants: More Planning than Putting a Man on the Moon. That might be a slight exaggeration, but you get the idea. Implants are only successful with detailed planning at every phase of treatment. Every surgery in our office is planned using a 3D CT Scan that can see inside your jaw and skull. These scanning machines cost as much as a nice house, but it’s not possible to perform safe implant surgeries without one.
- Implants: More Training than a Marathon. No surprises here—implant placement is a delicate micro-surgery. A great outcome depends on skill, technique and experience that can only be developed with advanced implant training.
- Implants: More Technology than a Computer
Because an educated guess just isn’t good enough for successful surgeries.
- Detailed like a Computer Chip: Did you know that the actual surface of dental implants is designed with a special molecular pattern? The surface design of implants play a big part in helping the bone heal around them.
- Red Light. Green Light. We also only use implant drills that are specialized with “stops.” These “stops” work with our surgical guides to keep implants from going too deep.
- No “In One Side and Out the Other.” Ever. Thanks to our custom surgical guides, we place implants precisely in pre-planned positions with a precision of fractions of millimeters.
- “Magic” Mouth Guards: Ok, so our surgical guides aren’t actually magic, and they only look like mouth guards but do incredible things. Our guides fit over the teeth and guide implants into their exact planned position during surgery. This accuracy ensures patient safety and prevents damage to nerves, bone and teeth. Not all dentists use surgical guides because they’re expensive and cut into profits. However, these “magical” guides also cut risks to our patients. To us, that’s what matters.
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