If you have just one missing tooth, dental implants in Jacksonville, FL can seem like the perfect solution. It’s like getting a completely new tooth, but even better. But what if you are missing 2 teeth? How about 4 teeth, or maybe even an entire arch? What if you are missing all of them? Can dental implants still help you? Today, Dr. Matthew Nawrocki and Dr. Richard Aguila are going to discuss how many teeth dental implants can actually replace, and how they work.
1. A Single Tooth
This is the simplest application of dental implants: one tooth, one implant. In this situation, a single implant post will be placed into your jaw to support a porcelain crown, and that’s it! The simplicity is what makes it so effective, because rather than just giving you a normal prosthetic, we give you a tooth that looks and functions just like the one you’ve lost, making it seem like it’s always been there.
2. Two Consecutive Teeth
Fortunately, this situation can also be addressed with a single implant post. The only difference is that two crowns will be attached to each other to fill in the gap. However, if your missing teeth are not right next to one another, you will need to get two separate implants.
3. Three or Four Consecutive Teeth
For this, we will use a device called a fixed-bridge. It works just like a regular dental bridge, except that the supporting teeth will be dental implants. A post will be placed on either side of the gap in your smile and topped with crowns. They will then be attached to other crowns that will simply sit on top of your gums, closing the gap.
4. Numerous Teeth
If you are missing teeth throughout your mouth, they can be replaced using a partial denture. However, rather than relying on metal clasps to be held in place, it can be supported using dental implants. The implants will be strategically placed in your mouth to give your dentures the most support possible, and your prosthetic will be custom-designed to fit your particular dental structure. Dental implant dentures in Jacksonville, FL have numerous benefits compared to traditional ones, in that they have a much more secure fit, and are able to maintain it much longer as well.
5. An Entire Arch
We can use a set of full dentures to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. Similar to #4, the dentures will be held in place using multiple implant posts (the specific number will be different depending on your individual situation). Full dentures are usually held in place using natural suction and denture adhesive, but with implant-supported dentures, they simply snap on to the implant posts, giving you a hold that is unmatched by any other tooth replacement method.
We Have You Covered
As you can see, no matter how many missing teeth you might have, your implant dentist in Jacksonville, FL can help. Dental implants are one of the most comprehensive and versatile treatments available today, and can help you finally get your smile back.
If you have any questions about getting dental implants, or want to schedule a consultation, please give us a call today.