Can Implants Address Advanced Tooth Loss?

We’ve discussed before how dental implants work. However, most people assume they can only replace one tooth at a time. If you’re missing multiple teeth, then you need an implant for each individual one, correct? Actually, we can use a few to support a fixed prosthetic, such as a denture. Can dental implants really address advanced tooth loss?

What Causes Tooth Loss?

Tooth loss can occur for a number of reasons. Poor oral hygiene can allow decay and infections to form, which can eventually cause teeth to become lost or require removal if not treated in time. In addition, injury can also lead to missing teeth. However, the most common cause is advanced gum disease, also known as periodontitis. This can lead to adult tooth loss, as well as other uncomfortable symptoms, such as bleeding and soreness in the gum tissue. We will assess the factors behind your tooth loss before we suggest a tooth replacement option.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Instead of relying on crowns or clasps, the implant portion is inserted into the jawbone. The biocompatible titanium then bonds with the jawbone, securing it like a root. The doctor then adds a restoration to complete the new tooth, typically in the form of a crown. With proper care and attention, this new tooth can last for decades, possibly even a lifetime.

Implant-Retained Dentures

While we can use this option for addressing a single lost tooth, we can also secure prosthetics. We can use implants to provide a bridge that is fixed in place with doesn’t require the loss of additional tooth structure. We can also place between six and eight implants to anchor a full denture in place. These dentures not only look natural, but they are fixed firmly in place and will stimulate jawbone growth, preventing facial collapse. If you have any questions about replacing missing teeth, then please contact our office today.

Interested in Dental Implant Dentures?

We can help restore your smile with a lifelike and durable tooth replacement. Schedule a consultation by calling Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN, today at (507) 281-3659.