October 8, 2020
As the only tooth replacement option that recreates the root structure of a lost tooth, it’s no surprise that dental implants in Bensalem are becoming increasingly popular. Even as information about this treatment becomes widespread, many people assume that you must receive one implant post for each missing tooth. This is not always the case, though. Dental implants can be placed in strategic ways that allow just a few posts to support multiple prosthetic teeth. Let’s discuss how your dentist can determine the number of implants you need to restore your smile.
Single Tooth Replacement
For those who have only lost one tooth, replacing it with a dental implant is pretty straightforward. Your dentist will surgically place a single implant post in your jawbone where the tooth’s root once was. Once the implant has fully integrated with the bone, you’ll receive a personalized dental crown designed to resemble the rest of your pearly whites.
Replacing Several Teeth in a Row
If you’re missing multiple consecutive teeth, your dentist in Bensalem will evaluate your jawbone, remaining teeth, and other oral structures to determine the best course of action. Sometimes, two adjacent missing teeth can be replaced with just one implant. In this case, the implant would support a dental crown and an attached artificial tooth, called a pontic.
To replace three to five missing teeth in a row, you will probably receive an implant-retained bridge. An implant post is inserted at both ends of the gap in your mouth. Crowns are placed on top and support one to three pontics between them.
Rebuilding an Entire Arch
Are you missing all of the teeth on your top or bottom arch? If so, you have a couple of different options. Patients who still have a strong jawbone might be candidates for an implant-retained denture. Most patients need no more than six implants to keep a full denture in place.
Another option might be a treatment known as All-on-4. This procedure uses a maximum of four implants to support a denture. Because the two implants near the back of the mouth are inserted at a 45-degree angle, patients who have suffered from jawbone loss can often still benefit from All-on-4 without undergoing a bone graft first.
So, how many dental implants will you need to rebuild your smile? It really depends. The only way to know for sure is to talk to your dentist. They’ll be happy to evaluate your mouth and discuss your treatment options.
About the Practice
At Perfect Smiles of Bensalem, we are proud to say we can perform every step of the dental implant process in-house. Our dentists have decades of combined experience in many areas of dentistry, including placing and restoring dental implants. To schedule a consultation and find out how many dental implants you need, contact our office at (215) 752-5911.
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