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Multiple Tooth Implants – Odessa, TX

Regain a Complete Smile

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If you are missing multiple teeth, you have a few options in front of you. You could choose to do nothing, but that will only lead to more oral health complications down the road. You could opt for a denture or a traditional bridge, either of which can help you enjoy a balanced diet and an attractive smile. Or, you could choose to receive dental implants in Odessa. As you read this page, you’ll learn more about your options for replacing multiple missing teeth so you can make a confident decision about how to rebuild your smile.

Non-Implant Tooth Replacement Options

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Your non-implant options for replacing multiple teeth include:

  • A traditional fixed bridge. This type of restoration relies on the support of two dental crowns, which get placed on top of the teeth that are adjacent to the empty space. Between one and three artificial teeth “bridge” the gap. Traditional bridges can be quite sturdy and natural-looking.
  • A partial denture. A partial denture is a removable prosthetic that replaces multiple teeth at various places throughout a dental arch. It is custom-made to fit around your remaining natural dentition. Small metal attachments help it to stay in place.
  • A full denture. A full denture replaces an entire arch of missing teeth. It consists of a gum-colored base attached to artificial teeth, which are usually made out of acrylic or porcelain. Natural suction or a mild adhesive secure it in the mouth.

The Dental Implant Process

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Dr. Cobb usually recommends dental implants as the best way to replace missing teeth. If you choose to go this route, he will refer you to a local specialist, who will perform a minimally invasive surgery to place the implants at strategic locations throughout your jawbone. Following the surgery, a process known as osseointegration will take place, wherein the implants will bond with the tissue around them. After osseointegration (which may take a few months), the implants will be ready to support your new teeth. Dr. Cobb will then custom-design an implant-supported bridge or other type of restoration to go on top of the dental implants.

The Benefits of Implant-Retained Dental Prosthetics

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Implant-supported prosthetics offer numerous advantages:

  • The implants ensure that the bridge they support is extremely stable, which means you will be able to enjoy practically any food without worrying that your new teeth will not be up to the challenge.
  • Implants stimulate the jawbone and help to keep it strong and thick. Alternative treatments do little to nothing for bone health.
  • Implant-supported prosthetics have the potential to last for decades. Other treatments have a shorter lifespan. For example, a traditional denture may need to be replaced after just 5 – 8 years.
  • Because dental implants replace both the roots and crowns of missing teeth, they feel extremely natural.
  • Cobb has extensive experience and a keen eye for designing implant-supported restorations. Your new teeth will be virtually indistinguishable from natural ones.

Find Out More

Are you ready to learn more about your options for replacing your missing teeth? Request a consultation with Dr. Cobb today.