Can Dental Implants Replace Multiple Missing Teeth?
Dental implants can be used to replace more than one tooth, but generally, they are used for single teeth replacement or as a foundation for a bridge. So let’s say you had a tooth missing on the upper right jaw and another single tooth missing on the opposite side. We could use two separate dental implants to replace these missing teeth.
Another application of dental implants is to use them as a foundation for a dental bridge. All-on-4 dental implants are used in this manner. This is when four titanium screws are placed in a specific spaced-out pattern to support a dental bridge that replaces a full arch (row) of teeth.
Who Needs Dental Implants?
If you have a single tooth that is missing, a dental implant is the closest to having a natural tooth again. It looks and functions just like a natural tooth, without any additional visible hardware. Dental implants are an ideal solution for adults who have lost a tooth due to an accident or tooth issue. Adolescents should only have dental implants if their permanent teeth have come in already.
Dental implants are a good way to replace teeth that have become rotten and fragile. For example, sometimes a cavity becomes so invasive and painful that it’s better to have the tooth removed.