Double Tooth Implant
Implant-supported bridges are often used as a solution for patients who are missing multiple teeth. Dental implants work by replacing the missing natural tooth or teeth, in addition to some of the roots. Implants also aid stimulating the jaw bone.
When considering this tooth-replacement option, it is important to consider the advantages of implant-supported bridges compared to fixed bridges or removable partial dentures. Dental implants provide patients with multiple advantages compared to alternative solutions for the replacement of missing teeth. Implant-supported bridges have both the appearance and function of natural teeth. They are also able to replace teeth without requiring support from the adjacent teeth. Fixed bridges and removable partial dentures are two additional solutions which are commonly used to replace missing teeth, however, they also rely on support from the adjacent teeth.
Implant-supported bridges also aid in replacing some of the roots of the teeth. As a result, they help in preserving the jaw bone. When patients opt to use a fixed bridge or removable partial denture, there is little to no bone stimulation and it can slowly resorb and deteriorate. In some cases, this changes the shape of the patient’s face and jaw. A dental implant is fused to the jawbone, which helps to maintain a healthy and intact bone structure.
Dental implants are attractive, highly functional and comfortable to wear. This makes them an excellent long-term solution. With a fixed bridge or removable partial denture, the gums and bone can recede over time and become quite obvious. When the bone below a bridge or removable partial denture begins to resorb, it can result in an unattractive and collapsed smile. The cement material which is used to secure a bridge in place can wash out. This gives bacteria the ability to decay the teeth used to anchor and support the bridge. Removable partial dentures can also move around in the mouth and restrict the patient’s ability to consume certain types of foods.
The placement of the dental implant will vary based factors such as the health and condition of the jawbone and gums. In cases of a patient with healthy gums and jawbone, combined with strategic positioning, a single implant can be used to support multiple crowns. A few carefully placed implants are also able to support a complete arch of prosthetic teeth.
In most cases of placing dental implants, a single implant is used to support the crown for each individual tooth. In some cases, however, an implant is able to support multiple teeth. A few implants can also be used to secure a permanent denture. Each of these options provides patients with a permanent tooth-replacement solution combined with the advantages of an implant.
When the jawbone lacks the necessary mass to support multiple implants or is inconsistent, one implant can be used to support multiple replacement teeth. In this case, the dentist will strategically place the implant in locations where the jawbone is the strongest and most stable.
Prior to receiving a dental implant, patients should schedule a consultation with their dentist. During the consultation, the dentist will evaluate the patient’s health, confirm they are a candidate for implants, and treat any health issues which need to be resolved prior to receiving an implant. Some of these issues can include the following:
- General Health Concerns: Some types of health issues can compromise the patient’s ability to heal. This can prevent the patient from being a good implant candidate.
- Gum Disease: To ensure a successful implant procedure, the presence of any gum disease or issues must first be addressed.
- Jawbone: When a patient lacks the adequate amount of jaw bone required to support the implant, a bone graft is often used.