Dental implants are considered to be one of the most versatile tooth replacement solutions available. Known for mimicking the natural tooth structure and continuing to stimulate the jawbone to avoid facial collapse, patients with missing teeth have enjoyed the life-changing, long-lasting benefits of these unique restorations. But how many are needed to ensure a stable and functional smile? If you are missing one or more teeth and want to enjoy a better quality of life, a local dental expert explains how many implants you will need to restore your smile’s health and overall appearance.
How Many Dental Implant Options are Available?
Whether you’re missing one, multiple, or all your teeth along a row, you can rest easy knowing that dental implants can be used to fill in the vacated areas of your smile. There are three different types you and your dentist will discuss. Based on your situation, you will be recommended for one of the following:
- Implant-Retained Dental Crown – When you are only missing a single tooth on the top or bottom arch, you will receive one titanium post (implant), a metal abutment (the connector between the implant and restoration), and a custom-made dental crown. A single implant can also be used if you are missing two consecutive teeth.
- Implant-Retained Bridge – If you are missing more than two consecutive teeth along an arch, your dentist will likely recommend that you have at least two dental implants put into place. By surgically placing them into the two outer gaps, it will create a stable and even foundation for your customized dental bridge when put into place.
- Implant-Retained Denture – Should you have an entire row of teeth missing, you don’t have to worry about settling for traditional dentures. Instead, you can enjoy a more functional and durable solution with an implant-retained denture. It is this type of scenario that your dentist will recommend between 6 and 8 dental implants depending on the status of your jawbone. This will allow for your custom-fabricated denture to be secured in place, eliminating the need for additional adhesive.
How Your Dentist Can Help
Although his might sound fairly self-explanatory, it requires a consultation with your dentist before being able to move forward with treatment. It is during this visit that they will examine your oral cavity and facial structure using advanced technology to determine the status of your gum health, teeth, and jawbone. If for any reason your bone appears to be too weak, you will be recommended for a bone graft, which will allow for additional grafting minerals to be surgically placed into the deteriorated areas, effectively growing a stronger, more sturdy foundation for your implants.
Once you are fully healed from this procedure, you can resume discussions regarding your implant placement. Based on the number of teeth that are missing, your dentist will be able to recommend the appropriate number of implants to give you the smile of your dreams.
About the Author
Dr. Robert Young graduated from the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry at the top of his class and was awarded for his surgical skill. After completing a full hospital-based residency at the Jersey Shore Medical Center, he went on to complete a two-year post-graduate program in implant surgery and dental crowns and bridges/denture placement over implants at the Misch Institute of Implantology. Dr. Young and his team at Young Dentistry are passionate about helping patients achieve their smile goals, which is why he is proud to offer a variety of services to meet all types of dental needs. To learn more about us, visit our website or call (609) 597-1830.