Dental Tips Blog

Sep
19

Can I Get an Implant if I’m Missing More Than One Tooth?

Posted in Dental Implants

Most of the time, we think of a dental implant in terms of a single tooth replacement. But if you’re missing several teeth, it may not be practical to get a separate implant in each spot.

What can you do? Your dentist may have a few different options that are available?

Implant Bridges

Let’s say you’re missing a few teeth in a row. The gap is too long for a traditional dental bridge to span. But place a dental implant in there, and you’ll have an extra tooth to work with. A bridge is cheaper than placing multiple implants for each missing tooth. The support of two implants can support a bridge up to three or four teeth long.

Implant Dentures

Dental implants can even help when you have absolutely no teeth left to speak of!

As few as two implants placed near the front of the jaw could be sufficient to hold a denture securely in place. Other methods use implants of different sizes placed at different angles to lift the shape of the smile.

You’d be surprised at just how much work modern dental implants are capable of!

Implant Partial Dentures

Some dentists can apply the same techniques for implant dentures to partial dentures. Even if you still have many teeth left, a partial denture can fill in the gaps, and implants can hold it in place where your remaining teeth cannot.

It takes a lot of careful planning to make this method work. If you ask around, you may find a dentist with the experience necessary to give this a try.

Whichever method you end up going with, planning and patience will bring you miles closer to the smile of your dreams!

Posted on behalf of:
Definition Dental
12850 SW Canyon Rd
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 644-8900

Dec
29

Caring For Your New Implant Bridge

Posted in Dental Implants

An Implant Bridge consists of dental implants surgically placed into the jawbone for multiple missing teeth.  In most cases, there is one implant placed per missing tooth and they are joined together by the crowns (the part that looks like the natural teeth).

It is very important to have optimal oral hygiene and to visit your dentist and dental hygienist regularly for exams and professional dental cleanings with your new implant bridge, the same as you would do for your natural teeth.

Steps to be Taken for Quality Maintenance of an Implant Bridge at home:

  • Use a soft toothbrush to brush your teeth twice a day along the gumline with a low-abrasive toothpaste
  • Nylon coated brushes that fit between your teeth, can be good to use for cleaning around the implant post
  • Unwaxed dental tape or dental floss designed for implants, are great to use around the implants to help to remove the gum-disease causing bacteria
  • An anti-microbial mouthrinse should be used daily to help kill the bacteria in your mouth
  • An oral irrigator can be another effective tool in flushing out the disease causing bacteria around the implant bridge, thus helping the tissue surround the implants to be healthy (a pink, firm consistency)
  • Regular dental checkups and cleanings to ensure that the implants are strong and sturdy in the bone along with keeping the surrounding tissue of the implants healthy

A Dental Implant Bridge is an investment!  It is up to you to protect this investment with quality maintenance.  With proper care and use of the above techniques, you can have a healthy Dental Implant Bridge for a long time.

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill, York County, South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

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