Multiple Tooth Replacement
What is Multiple Tooth Replacement?
Loss of several teeth can induce lack of confidence and aesthetic appeal. Multiple tooth loss can also lead to many oral health problems such as gum disease, tooth damage and issues of misalignment.
How is Multiple Tooth Replacement Performed?
Implant supported bridges can be used for multiple teeth replacement. First, multiple implants are embedded in key locations within the jaw. Over 2-6 months, the implants bond firmly with the jaw bone to form stable anchors. Temporary teeth may be placed over the implants during this time for better aesthetics. The final step of the procedure involves placement of fixed bridges that contain teeth over the implants.
Various other options to replace multiple teeth include:
- Multiple single-tooth implant restoration involves insertion of an implant into the jawbone to replace the tooth root. When this heals, an abutment is added which is covered by a crown.
- Conventional Removable partial denture (RPD): This denture can be removed daily to allow for cleaning of teeth. It consists of a metal framework, denture teeth and acrylic.
- Removable partial denture with implants: The implant used increases stability and support and prevents display of the metal framework such as with conventional RPD.
- Fixed partial denture: Two teeth on either side of the missing tooth/teeth is reduced for the placement of crowns which will be connected to the artificial teeth between them for support. Replacement may be required in future.