Replacing Multiple Teeth

Alternatives to missing teeth replacement

Replacing Multiple Teeth in El Cajon, CA

You have a few options for replacing multiple missing teeth:

  • Dental implants to replace each of the missing teeth
  • Dental bridges
  • Implant-supported bridges
  • Partial dentures
  • Implant-supported partial dentures

Implants can support dental bridges.
Implant-supported bridges

A modern way to replace teeth when several of them are missing is implant-supported bridges. Unlike dentures, bridges are permanently fixed in place and are usually made of porcelain, and not acrylic. Bridges act very much like natural teeth.

Implant-supported bridges are similar to conventional ones, but they’re supported by implants rather than natural teeth. Implant-supported bridges can be created in various combinations. Each set of dental implants can generally support up to three replacement teeth.

For example, three missing teeth can be replaced with two implants supporting a three-tooth bridge. Five missing teeth can be replaced with three implants supporting a five-tooth bridge.

Partial dentures

In the past the only way to replace many missing teeth in a row was to use a partial denture. A partial denture has many drawbacks, especially when it comes to talking and chewing. And a partial denture doesn’t prevent bone loss, either.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Losing multiple teeth in a row can create significant challenges for patients.  Not only will you have trouble eating, but the teeth on either side of the gap could start to lean in, disrupting your bite pattern and causing further oral health concerns.

In addition, missing teeth can change your appearance, not only affecting your smile, but also causing sunken depressions in the cheeks, depending on how may teeth have been lost.  This can impact your confidence and performance in social situations.

An implant-supported denture
Implant-supported partial dentures

We use implants to anchor your partial dentures because they don’t slip, are more comfortable and need no adhesive. Implant-supported partial dentures are also an option for people having teeth extracted, and are a much more affordable option than full dental implants. And they help prevent bone loss, too.

Implants are placed in strategic locations and are connected to the partial denture by means of a stud or clip screwed into the denture. A denture can be stabilized with as little as two implants in an arch. The more implants used, the greater the stability and support.

More implants can also give a more tooth-like appearance and feel to your dentures while reducing or eliminating the display of metal clasps and parts. We can also eliminate the pink plastic sides and let the artificial teeth to emerge from the gum just like natural ones.

Complimentary Implant Consultation

We offer a complimentary consultation to see if you are a candidate for dental implants.

We will conduct a comprehensive consultation in which we will get the basic information needed to formulate a treatment plan with several options, and to discuss your goals and answer any questions.