Dental implants are considered to be the strongest and most long-lasting solution to missing teeth. Implants consist of three components, including a titanium post that acts as an artificial tooth root to support one or more artificial teeth.
If you have more than one missing tooth, you may be wondering how many dental implants you need and how many can be placed at one time. Greenville dentist Dr. Matthew Warner answers these questions in this blog post.
Understanding Dental Implants
Dental implants can be used to support one artificial tooth, several teeth or a full arch of teeth. If you are replacing one tooth with a dental crown, only one dental implant will need to be placed to anchor the crown. If you are replacing several teeth, you may be a suitable candidate for an implant-supported bridge. A bridge consists of an artificial tooth that is supported by surrounding teeth. One dental implant per missing tooth is typically used to support a bridge.
Implant-supported dentures are used to restore a full arch of teeth. The exact number of implants needed to stabilize full-arch dentures will depend on several factors, including the volume of bone density and the placement of the implants. As few as four and as many as eight implants can be used to support full-arch dentures.
Can You Benefit from Dental Implants?
If you are missing one or several teeth, you can benefit from dental implants. With dental implants you can:
- Eat, chew, speak and smile without worrying about your teeth slipping out or shifting in the mouth
- Restore good oral health
- Maintain a normal facial appearance
- Prevent bone loss by keeping the jawbone stimulated
- Care for your artificial teeth easier than with traditional dentures
- Smile comfortably and confidently again
Learn More about Dental Implants
Every dental implant case is different. Dr. Warner uses the most advanced and modern methods and technology in implant dentistry to create a personalized treatment plan for each patient. To determine whether you are a suitable candidate for dental implants, and how many you need, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Warner of Willoughby Dental. Contact our Greenville dental office by calling (864) 546-4242 today.