Whether you’re a Springfield, IL resident who’s missing multiple permanent teeth, or you’ve been told you need several teeth extracted due to other reasons, you’re probably wondering what your teeth replacement options are. After all, you still want to be able to enjoy all your favorite solid foods and feel confident when speaking. While bridges and partial dentures used to be the replacement system of choice for people missing multiple teeth, dental implants are now the modern gold standard for teeth replacement.
Replacing Multiple Adjacent Teeth
Dental implants work by placing a titanium fixture or “screw” into a patient’s mouth and then adding a crown resembling the original tooth on top of the fixture. The result is a natural-looking smile that also allows the patient to eat anything they want. If you have adjacent teeth that need to be replaced, you may sometimes be able to replace two teeth with one implant. In fact, some patients who need all of their teeth replaced choose a procedure called All-on-4, in which just 4 implants are placed to hold all the new teeth (as an implant-supported denture) so that you can eat normally and have a complete, permanent smile.
Replacing Teeth that Are Spread Apart
If you’re missing teeth or need teeth extracted, then you’ll need one titanium rod for each tooth that needs to be replaced. Dr. Cross performs this procedure on a regular microsurgical basis. Microsurgery allows you to perform most of your normal day-to-day activities, with some minor exceptions, within the first few days after your procedure.
Talk to Dr. Cross About Your Dental Implants Questions
Springfield periodontist Dr. J. David Cross, DDS has been in the periodontal field since 1990, and he’s placed dental implants in thousands of local patients. If you need a tooth or multiple teeth replaced, ask Dr. Cross about your unique situation and what treatment plan he recommends for you. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to teeth replacement, and Dr. Cross always performs a thorough examination on everyone to come up with a personal treatment plan for each patient.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Whether you already have missing teeth, or you know you need multiple teeth extracted, Dr. Cross can help you achieve the chewing functionality and smile aesthetics you desire. To inquire about replacing multiple teeth with dental implants, call our Springfield, IL practice today to learn more and schedule an initial consultation. We can be reached at (217) 793-0196.