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Implant-Retained Bridge – St. Peters, MO

Replacing Several Teeth at Once

A single implant can fill in the empty space left by a missing tooth. If you’re missing several teeth in a row, you can still use implants to restore your ability to chew and speak normally; however, instead of getting multiple implants that support individual crowns, you can instead get a pair of dental implants for a single dental bridge. This way, you can enjoy the benefits of implants for multiple teeth while keeping the number of posts needed to a minimum. To schedule an implant consultation with Dr. Cayo and learn more about dental bridges, call our office today.

Two Consecutive Missing Teeth

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While even a single missing tooth can cause problems, losing any number of consecutive teeth tends to quickly lead to complications. To replace two teeth at once, all that is needed is a pair of crowns that have been joined together. These crowns can be attached to a single dental implant post that has been very carefully placed in the empty space in the arch. Doing so will give the jaw the stimulation it needs to stay healthy and strong even when two teeth are missing. You can rest assured that your new teeth will remain stable on top of the implant.

Three or More Consecutive Missing Teeth

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A traditional dental bridge can be used to replace a single tooth, but implant-retained bridges are only placed if you are missing three or more teeth in a row. The reason for this is because the bridge needs to use a pair of implant posts for support instead of natural teeth. When there’s a choice between a regular bridge and an implant bridge, we’ll recommend the latter since it will allow you to preserve more of your tooth’s natural enamel. Using a bridge helps minimize the number of implants needed, simplifying the surgery and reducing the amount of time needed for healing.

Multiple Missing Teeth Throughout an Arch

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When teeth are missing in multiple spots on your arch, it will take more than a bridge to replace them. Partial dentures are usually the restoration of choice in cases where there are multiple gaps in a smile but there are still plenty of healthy teeth remaining. Just like bridges, partial dentures can also be held in place with a couple of dental implants. We’ll need to examine your jaw very carefully to determine exactly where the implants need to go.

Benefits of Implant-Retained Bridges or Partial Dentures

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Placing a bridge or partial dentures on implants will allow you to enjoy the following benefits:

  • Prosthetic teeth that do not slip out of place
  • Stronger biting force that’s almost equal to that of your natural teeth
  • Improved oral health due to the implants preventing bone loss in the jaw.
  • Removing the need to make alterations to healthy teeth to make room for a dental bridge.
  • A lifespan of 30 years or even longer with the only required maintenance being good oral hygiene habits and regular appointments at Cayo Dental Care.