Missing Several Teeth
This page talks about the situation if you are missing several, but not all, of your teeth. Click here for more information if you are missing one tooth. Click here if you are missing all of your teeth.
If you are missing a row of teeth, it can be a
challenging situation. Traditionally, this has been restored with a
removable partial denture that clips onto your remaining teeth. Now,
however, you can have this restored to full function with dental implants.
The end result is comfortable, feeling like your own teeth. It is also
healthiest for your remaining teeth, since the clasps that attached to
your teeth can promote tooth decay or mobility in those teeth.
If there are only one or two teeth missing, a
dental bridge is a possible option.
1. Before the procedure
This picture shows a common situation where a row of three teeth
are missing toward the back of the mouth. A dental bridge will not
work in this situation, because there is no tooth toward the rear to
anchor to. A removable partial denture could be made, but because of
the leverage caused by the very heavy biting forces that occur in
this situation, the teeth it would be anchored to would be weakened.
This is a great situation for dental implants.
2. The first step—installing the implants
In one appointment, the implants are placed in the ridge.
Typically, a healing period of several months has been required
after their placement before any teeth are placed on them. Dr. Chal,
however, is trained in new precise surgical
Teeth-in-an-Hour techniques so that the
teeth may be able to be placed right away. If you choose that option, there would be no long delay required for
you to be able to use your implants.
3. Attaching the
In this situation where there is a row of three teeth that is
being replaced, the teeth are attached together for ease of
insertion. They are made in Dr. Chal's laboratory, and are matched
to the exact shading of your teeth, and are blended into your bite
so that they function effectively and comfortably.
4. Final result
When your case is completed, you will feel as if you have your
own teeth back. The result is attractive, functional, and
is a fellow of the International College of Oral Implantologists and is
recognized worldwide as an expert in implant dentistry.
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