There are many people that visit a dentist like Dr. Terry Watson that are missing quite a few teeth. In the past, for multiple missing teeth, a standard bridge was the best option for completing their set of teeth. For people missing all of their teeth, dentures were the affordable option. However, for people missing multiple teeth such as what is the case when they are is a lack of teeth in the arch of the mouth, a dental implant bridge was and still is the best option.
Options for Missing Teeth
Dental implants are often the best option, but they can be extremely expensive when it comes to a full mouth restoration, not to mention the fact that not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants. Dentures are an affordable option, but they can often be irritating to a person’s mouth and gums. In these situations, an arch bridge, which uses dental implants as a bridge connector is an excellent option that can keep the cost down to a minimum, but provide a better choice for missing teeth than dentures or a standard bridge.
Building Up to Dental Implants
The thing to remember is that much of the process of dental implants is making sure a person is a good candidate. For example, bone grafts are put into place where a dental implant will eventually be mounted. However, it typically takes anywhere from 3 to 4 months if not longer for the dentist to determine if the bone graft has been successful. In addition, once the post is placed inside the mouth and grounded into the jawline, it will take a few weeks to determine if the body will accept the post.
With the expense of multiple dental implants or the difficulty with dentures or bridgework, a dental implant arch may be the best option when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Typically, 2 to 4 dental implants may be all that is required, and while this can be a rather expensive initial cost, it’s hard to overlook the benefits of having a full set of teeth. In addition, dental implants are a permanent solution for any issues with missing teeth.
If you’re not sure what option is right for you, speaking with a dentist is the best next step. Only a dentist can tell you what will work for your mouth and what the best options will be.