The loss of multiple teeth can have a drastic effect on your confidence; you may hesitate to smile in social situations. You likely also find it difficult to enjoy all of your favorite foods. In addition to suffering from such daily inconveniences, you are at an increased risk of long-term oral health problems, including further tooth loss. What can you do to spare yourself from such issues? Visit Dr. Kathy Lam, your dentist in Wheaton. She offers a reliable and long-lasting way to replace lost teeth: implant-retained bridges and partial dentures.
If you were missing just one tooth, you would need a single dental implant to replace it. Does that mean you need two dental implants to replace two lost teeth? No. If the lost teeth are adjacent to one another, Dr. Lam may be able to attach one crown and one pontic (artificial tooth) to it. This method ensures that your treatment is as conservative as possible. You can think of this type of bridge as a two for one special!
A traditional dental bridge has two crowns, which get attached to the teeth on both sides of the gap. They support a pontic (or pontics) in between them. If your have three or more missing teeth in a row, you may be able to receive a similar bridge — but instead of relying on your natural teeth for support, your implant-retained bridge in Wheaton will be supported entirely by dental implants. This type of bridge can replace three, four, or perhaps more teeth in a row.
What if your missing teeth are not all adjacent to one another, but instead are at different places throughout one of your dental arches? Can you still use dental implants to replace them? Very likely, yes. Depending on your oral health and other factors, you may be a candidate for an implant-supported partial bridge, which will require just a few implants to anchor it in place. During your consultation, Dr. Lam will thoroughly explain your treatment options to you and help you decide on the type of implant treatment that is the best fit for your situation.
When your new teeth are attached to dental implants, you will enjoy numerous advantages:
Are you interested in replacing your lost teeth with an implant-retained prosthetic? Dr. Lam would be happy to help you recomplete your smile. Contact our office to schedule your restorative consultation.