If you are missing a number of adjacent teeth, dental implants could still be an option for you. They may be replaced with individual implants (one for each missing tooth), or by joining two or more implants together with a bridge.
This latter option can make implant treatment more affordable when patients are missing many teeth.
Why replace missing back teeth?
The importance of replacing missing back teeth (your molar teeth) cannot be over-emphasised, as these are the large multi-rooted teeth that are designed to do the main work of chewing your food.
When molar teeth have been lost, all of this chewing workload gets transferred to the single-rooted teeth at the front of your mouth . These front teeth are simply not designed to grind and crunch food in the way your molar teeth are, and these excess stresses on your front teeth will inevitably cause damage to them in the long term.
Advantages of this procedure:
- Bridges on multiple implants are exceptionally stable and long term solutions for multiple missing teeth.
- Fixed and feels and functions just like your own teeth.
- No need to damage adjacent healthy teeth.
- No need to use partial dentures which can be loose and uncomfortable due to trapping food beneath whilst eating.