Depending on where the teeth are missing, there are two options to replace multiple teeth:
If numerous single teeth are missing, an implant can be placed to replace the missing tooth. This can be done in one visit for implant surgery and one scan to restore the implant.
If several teeth are missing next to each other, an implant-retained bridge can be used to restore the gap. This is where two implants are used on either side of the hole to anchor the crowns and provide strength, function and stability.
What is the difference between a conventional bridge and an implant bridge?
A conventional bridge would require us to irreversibly prepare the teeth adjacent to the gap and crown them to restore the space. An implant-retained bridge does not require us to treat the adjacent teeth.
How many teeth can be replaced by an implant bridge?
This is case and patient dependent. Usually, a simple implant bridge would replace three teeth. However, between 4-6, single implants can be placed in numerous sites in your upper or lower jaw, and these can be used to hold one long bridge that can replace between 10-12 teeth. This is a more demanding treatment plan and will take multiple visits.
If I have implants to replace all my teeth, will I have to go around with no teeth?
In this modern day and age, there should never be a reason why you have to go around with no teeth. With proper planning, we can give you a simple acrylic denture to wear while your mouth heals or make you a temporary bridge.
- This depends on the case and patient but will be explained during your treatment planning session at Chapel High Wycombe.
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