If you are missing multiple teeth, Dr. Elizabeth Lee in Memphis, TN offers several options for replacement including dental implants. Dental implants serve as a permanent replacement for damaged or missing teeth. Multiple dental implants are the most natural-looking and advanced solution available today. The location of your missing teeth will determine which type of dental implants Dr. Lee will use. She can replace a whole row of teeth with implant supported dentures or with the use of a dental bridge supported with dental implants to replace consecutive missing teeth.
Dental Bridge Supported By Dental Implants
A dental bridge is custom made dental restoration that “bridges the gap” between your natural teeth to restore both function and aesthetics to your smile. It is often used to replace several consecutive missing teeth. Traditionally, a dental bridge can be removable or fixed by attaching them to adjacent teeth using porcelain or metal. With both of these options, the long term outcome is often less than desirable and may require replacement down the road as the loss of teeth impacts the jaw and fit of the bite over time. Dr. Lee, a Memphis, TN dentist, recommends securing a dental bridge with dental implants instead of your adjacent, natural teeth. Dental implants provide more structural support for the jaw and bite and need less maintenance. Using dental implants will also keep your natural teeth intact.
Dentures Supported By Dental Implants
Implant secured dentures, or All-on-4 dental implants, offer a more comfortable and lasting result when all of the top or bottom teeth are lost. Dentures supported by dental implants provide a better result than removable dentures. Dentures supported by dental implants are permanently attached to the jaw using as few as four dental implants. Many patients struggle with dentures that slip sometimes leading to embarrassing situations. Dentures that are secured using dental implants will eliminate that slipping. Dentures secured by dental implants will also eliminate the need for glues, adhesives, soaks or rinses and will restore normal chewing function.
Dental Implants for Multiple Missing Teeth
Dr. Lee will meet one-on-one with each patient during a consultation. She will perform a thorough dental health exam to see if multiple dental implants are the right choice for each patient. Dr. Lee can typically complete ALL phases of your dental implant procedure in the comfort of our Memphis dentist office. For more complex cases, she will coordinate the surgical phase of your procedure with a local oral surgeon who will perform the implantation of the post. Dr. Lee will coordinate the entire treatment plan and work closely with the specialist when necessary to be sure everything is properly placed.
Once the dental implants are strategically, surgically placed, it will take about 3-6 months for the posts to fully heal and fuse with the jaw bone. Once fully healed, a custom designed dental bridge or denture will be secured to the dental implants by Dr. Lee in her Memphis, TN dentist office. Bridges and dentures secured by dental implants offer a more natural looking and secure teeth replacement.