In cases where multiple teeth are missing, dental implants can be used to support a bridge, or a partial or full denture. Dental implants offer several important benefits when used to support multiple tooth replacement:
Fixed crown and bridge supported by implants is the option that is most like having natural teeth. Six or more implants are placed, and the bridge is securely fastened to the implants using cement or screws. Fixed bridges are not removable.
Implant-bar supported dentures have clips that attach the denture to a bar connected to the implants, providing stability and support. The denture can be removed for daily cleaning.
Implant-retained dentures are anchored securely onto two or more implants by attachments in the denture. The denture snaps in securely, but can be removed for daily cleaning.
• Implant-supported bridges and dentures look and function more like natural teeth without altering or requiring the support of healthy adjacent teeth.
• Supporting dental implants integrate with the jaw bone, reducing the amount of bone deterioration that can occur with tooth loss. Deteriorated bone beneath bridges or removable partial dentures can potentially lead to facial collapse and/or alter your smile.
• Cement holding a bridge in place can wash away, leaving room for bacteria to decay the natural teeth that anchor the bridge.
• Removable partial dentures are retained by wires that show and can move around in the mouth reducing your ability to eat certain foods.
Other benefits of implant-supported bridges and dentures include:
• Increased stability of your natural chewing capacity and improved digestion. • Restored lip support, with fewer wrinkles around the mouth. • The option of leaving the roof of the mouth uncovered. • Eliminating the pain of ill-fitting dentures and need for adhesives.