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Multiple Tooth Implants – Tysons, Virginia
Flawless, Healthy Smiles for Life
If you’ve lost one or more teeth, you may be feeling stressed, in pain, or self-conscious. This experience is not a good one for most people. Luckily for Tysons area dental patients of Avanti Dentistry, our team of experienced professionals are here to help with a variety of tooth replacement solutions to put the smile back on your face. In many cases, we’ll recommend an implant-retained prosthetic to improve the stability and longevity of your new your smile. If you’re ready to get started, give our team a call to schedule your tooth replacement consultation at our dental office in Tysons. We’ll walk you through all of your treatment options and help you find the best solution to keep you smiling for years to come.
Tooth Replacement Options
Depending on the number and location of missing teeth, we will recommend one of the following tooth replacement options:
Crown & Bridge
A traditional crown and bridge prosthetic is used to replace one or few consecutive missing teeth. The replacement tooth or teeth attach to dental crowns on both sides. The crowns are then attached to surrounding healthy teeth for support.
Partial dentures are used to replace numerous consecutive and nonconsecutive teeth. A gum colored base material supports all of the replacement teeth, and they are shaped to fit into gaps. Partials are held in place with support from surrounding teeth.
Full dentures are crafted using a gum colored base to support a full row of replacement teeth, but there are no remaining teeth available to provide support. Instead, the denture is held in place through suction between the base and gum tissue. Some people also use a small amount of denture adhesive to improve stability.
Multiple Tooth Implants
We can also use dental implants to support fixed bridges, partials, and full dentures. An implant fixed bridge is used to replace two or more consecutive teeth. Two implant posts are used to support these prosthetics. Implant partials look much like their traditional counterparts, but they are attached to between two and four implant posts rather than healthy teeth. Similarly, implant-retained full dentures can usually be anchored in place with just four to six implants for improved stability.
The Dental Implant Process
Implant supported tooth replacement is a multi-phase process. We begin by preparing your smile by extracting damaged teeth or placing bone or soft tissue grafts. Next, we plan out your treatment and review your oral and overall health history, medications, and past experiences with surgery. Then, we place your dental implants. Over the next several months, the implants will fuse with the underlying bone tissue. Once this fusion process is complete, you’ll return to the office where we’ll design and place your replacement bridge or denture.
Benefits of Multiple Tooth Implants
While dental implant supported tooth replacement does require a longer, more invasive treatment process, most patients (and their dentists) agree the results are worth the extra effort. Some of the many benefits associated with implant-retained tooth replacement include:
- Longevity – compared with traditional bridges and dentures that need to be replaced frequently, most implant-retained restorations will last twenty years or longer. In fact, many people keep their implant denture or bridge for the rest of their lives.
- Close-to-nature – your implant supported prosthetic will look, feel, and function almost exactly like your healthy, natural smile. For denture-wearers especially, implants significantly improve chewing ability, allowing for a more complete diet.
- Improved oral health – the implant posts mimic the lost tooth roots. This provides the stimulus necessary to maintain healthy supportive bone and gum tissue. Other tooth replacement options rely on surrounding oral structures for support, which can damage teeth, gums, and the supportive, alveolar, bone structure. Dental implants make these prosthetics fully self-supporting, protecting surrounding structure for improved overall health.