Multiple Teeth Dental Implants Sunshine Coast
Dental Implants can now be used to replace multiple missing teeth right here on the Sunshine Coast. Dental implants can restore function, ability to chew, and your smile as closely as we can get to natural teeth.
Many people have missing teeth.
They often learn to adapt to the gaps and the loss of ability to chew by changing their diet to include softer foods. If the missing teeth are front teeth, they often adapt by not smiling as widely or as often to hide the gaps caused by missing teeth. Traditionally a denture (either metal or plastic) was the most common option for replacing multiple missing teeth. As a general rule, dentures have approximately 20% of the biting force of natural teeth. Essentially with dentures it is chewing with your gums as your gums support the denture. Dentures move around, can rub on your gums, have to be removed after each meal to clean, can fall out while eating and talking, and reduce your ability to taste. On top of this dentures increase the rate of decay and gum disease of your remaining teeth, often hastening the loss of more teeth. It doesn’t have to be this way any more with Multiple Teeth Dental Implants.
Missing teeth can prove to be a big problem for patients. When a tooth is lost, the bone in that area begins to dissolve away over time. The teeth either side can begin to tip into the space or even move into that space (similar to removing a book from a book shelf). This leads to an irregular bite, crooked teeth, spaces for food to get trapped in, and worsening of conditions such as gum disease and tooth decay. When multiple teeth are lost, the loss of bone can become so profound that facial changes can be expected as lip support and facial height can drop. This can result in a “sunken” facial appearance.
Restoration of these spaces with dental implants can preserve the bone and facial profile, provide support for chewing and speaking, as well as give confidence to engage in everyday activities. Dental implants are fixed in place as opposed to dentures, which are taken in and out of your mouth to clean and maintain. Dental implants restore your chewing ability to as close and possible to natural teeth. Dental implants also do not increase the rate of decay and gum disease around your existing teeth like dentures do and in fact may reduce this rate of disease as they can help stop teeth tipping and erupting into unfavourable positions that make them difficult to clean. In areas where multiple teeth are missing dental implants can be used to anchor dental crown units or bridges to restore the missing space. The number of implants required to fill a missing space varies. In consultation with your dentist the number of implants and the process can be explained to you in full, as well as any other available options.
If you are interested in dental implants, please contact any of our Sunshine Coast dental practices in Caloundra, Kawana and Maroochydore for a free dental implant consultation.