Multiple Tooth Replacement – Frisco, Colorado

Restoring Smiles for a Lifetime of Oral Health

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Following the loss of two or more teeth, you may be in pain, stressed, or worried about how you’ll ever be able to smile with confidence again. Luckily for Frisco, Colorado dental patients at Ten Mile Dental, we offer a range of effective tooth replacement options to deliver healthy, flawless smiles you’ll be proud to share, allowing you to speak, chew, and smile with total confidence in any situation. When you’re ready to get started with your restoration plan, call our dental office in Frisco to schedule a tooth replacement consultation appointment. We’ll review your dental implant and traditional tooth replacement options and help you make the best decision to meet your needs.

Non-Implant Tooth Replacement Options

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There are three main non-implant tooth replacement options to replace multiple missing teeth. Find out more about each of these options below:

  • Fixed bridge – to replace consecutive missing teeth, a fixed bridge can be used to close a gap between healthy teeth. Replacement teeth are fused together. Then, they are attached on both sides to dental crowns. The crowns are anchored to healthy teeth on either side of the missing teeth.
  • Partial denture – a partial denture uses a gum colored base material to support numerous missing teeth. The entire prosthetic is molded to fit snuggly between remaining teeth, and it’s held in place with clasps attached to these teeth.
  • Full denture – like partials, full dentures are crafted from a gum-colored base that supports the full row of replacement teeth. Because there are no healthy teeth to provide stability for these dentures, the base material is crafted to fit snuggly against the gum line, creating suction that holds the denture in place.

Dental Implant Tooth Replacement

Inside of an implant supported partial denture

Each of these prosthetics can also be supported by dental implants for a fixed restoration option. In addition to crafting these prosthetics, you will need to receive two or more dental implant posts to replace the lost roots of missing teeth. For fixed bridges, two or more consecutive teeth can be replaced, and two dental implants are used to support the full row of replacement teeth. A partial denture can usually be supported by just two to four strategically positioned dental implants. A full denture is anchored to between four and six implants. Prior to starting a dental implant tooth replacement plan, we may need to perform tooth extractions or tissue grafts to ensure the best chances for successful dental implant placement. Following the placement of your dental implant posts, we’ll wait for several months to allow your implant post to fuse with the supportive bone and gum tissue. Then, we design and place your fixed bridge, partial, or full denture.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Model of implant supported dentures

Some of the many benefits of choosing the more complex dental implant tooth replacement options include:

  • Traditional replacement teeth rely on remaining healthy teeth as well as gum and supportive bone tissue for support. Dental implant posts replace lost tooth roots, allowing bridges and dentures to be fully self-supporting.
  • The added stability of implant posts is especially important for patients with partial or full dentures. Traditional dentures renew about 20% of chewing ability, but an implant-retained denture allows for 70% or more chewing ability, so you can consume all of your favorite foods.
  • Because tooth roots are replaced, the necessary stimulus to maintain bone density and gum tissue volume is maintained, ensuring your optimal oral health.
  • Cleaning is simple with no need to remove your prosthetic. Simply brush teeth just like you would your healthy smile. You may also want to utilize an air or water flosser to remove plaque buildup between the tooth replacement prosthetic and your gum tissue.
  • Once in place, your implant supported fixed bridge, partial, or full denture will last three decades or longer compared to their traditional counterparts that need to be replaced every five to ten years to ensure optimal function.