Are your old dentures causing you more discomfort than you care to have? Do your dental bridges have trouble staying in place?
If you are missing multiple teeth, Dr. Thomas Prendergast provides several types of dental implants in Fox Lake Illinois. Dental implants provide long-term and highly effective results for patients missing multiple teeth. Multiple missing teeth can be replaced using several separate dental implants to replace individual teeth. Dr. Prendergast can also replace a whole row of teeth.
There are two ways we can accomplish this: with implant-supported dentures, or with the use of a dental bridge supported with dental implants to replace consecutive lost teeth. Patients are trading in their old dentures for implant-supported dentures to vastly improve comfort, reduce diet restrictions, and more.
Types of Dental Implants For Multiple Missing Teeth
The type of dental implants you receive will depend on the number and location of your missing teeth as well as your overall oral health. Dr. Prendergast will conduct a comprehensive dental exam to determine which type of dental implant is right for you. We only recommend treatments that closely align with your dental health goals. Therefore, it is important to discuss all of your concerns and health issues with Dr. Prendergast during your dental exam.
Dental Implant Secured Bridge
A dental bridge is often used to replace several consecutively missing teeth. Traditionally a dental bridge is secured using prepared adjacent teeth, essentially damaging healthy teeth. Dental implants secured by a dental bridge provide more structural support for the jaw and bite and require less maintenance. Two or more implant posts will be surgically implanted in the jaw. These posts will permanently secure the dental bridge restoration.
Dental Implant Secured Denture
If you are missing an entire row of teeth, either on top or bottom, Dr. Prendergast recommends implant dentures. Denture implants can be supported by as few as four strategically placed dental implants. Denture implants have a 95% or better success rate and an equally high level of patient satisfaction.
While this procedure does require a greater initial investment compared to dentures alone, implant dentures offer the best long-term benefits. Dentures do not support the structure of the jaw bone and patients may experience gradual bone loss and deterioration of the structure of the jaw.
Implant-supported dentures also help to maintain the bone structure in the face. While there is a greater investment initially, implant-supported dentures provide superior long-term benefits. Denture implants also allow patients to enjoy a diet without restriction.
Multiple Implant Posts With Crowns
This is usually the most expensive option. The dentist can implant individual posts for each missing tooth. He tops each individual post with a custom dental crown. This would be considered the most natural option. Each tooth is meticulously made to look natural and blend in with the rest of your smile. Treatment is more expensive because so many individual implant posts are being placed.
Learn More About Dental Implants
- What Are Dental Implants?
- Dental Implants vs Dentures
- Dental Implant FAQ
- Cost of Dental Implants
- Types of Dental Implants
- Single Tooth Dental Implant
Schedule a Dental Exam & Consultation
If you have multiple missing teeth, Dr. Prendergast offers dental implants. Schedule an appointment today with Infinity Dental to learn about the benefits of dental implants at the Fox Lake, IL dentist office. Dr. Prendergast, along with his knowledgeable staff, will help you see if dental implants are the right choice for you.