If you are missing multiple teeth that are adjacent to each other, it can greatly impact your appearance, how you talk, how you eat, and your smile. Even if your missing teeth are your molars and are more hidden from view, it is still crucial for you to replace them. Your molars are designed for grinding food and have multiple roots. When they are gone, you switch to grinding your food with your front teeth, which only have single roots. Over time, this can cause damage to your
Multiple single dental implants
One option that you might have is to install multiple single dental implants. However, this can drive up the cost of replacing multiple teeth. For multiple single implants, you will have an implant installed into your jaw bone in each socket of your missing teeth. Once they have integrated fully with your jaw bone, crowns will be attached to them. Dental implants and crowns appear like natural teeth and are not removable. They function the same way that your other teeth do and can potentially last for the rest of your life if you take care of them.
Fixed bridge on implants
A more affordable option is to choose a fixed bridge on implants. This involves installing two or more implants and attaching a fixed bridge to them. When the teeth are located in the back of your mouth, dentures are not a viable alternative because they do not provide the same degree of functionality as either natural molars or a fixed bridge.
Getting a fixed bridge on implants can restore your appearance and allow you to enjoy the foods that you love again. It also helps to prevent any further bone loss from occurring.
The process involved with getting a fixed bridge on implants
When you first see your dentist, he or she will examine your teeth and take some x-rays. A bridge will be constructed to match the missing teeth. At your next visit, your dentist will install the dental implants. He or she may install a temporary bridge on the implants at that time until you can have the permanent one installed.
Before the permanent bridge can be installed, your dentist must give your jawbone time to fully integrate with the implants. This may take a couple of months. When it is time for you to get your permanent bridge, your dentist will remove the temporary bridge and install the permanent one in its place. Once it is installed, you will have a permanent solution that allows you to eat the foods that you love, and it will be just as strong as your natural molars used to be.
After your first treatment with the installation of the implants, you may experience some bruising and swelling in your gums. Your dentist may prescribe you a painkiller for any discomfort or pain that you might feel.
Why choose Olympic Dental?
Dr. Greg Gor has been offering general dentistry in Sugar Land for more than a decade. An experienced and knowledgeable dentist, he is able to identify and discuss the most appropriate dental treatment options for you. We offer dental procedures that are as pain-free as possible and use state-of-the-art technology to give you the best results possible.
The staff at Olympic Dental are highly trained, experienced, and professional in how they perform their jobs. We work with all people, including both children and adults. In addition to multiple tooth replacements, we also perform a variety of other dental services and regular checkups. Call us today at 281.240.2545 to schedule your appointment or to learn more about how we might be able to help you with your oral health and dental care needs.
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