How Many Teeth Can Dental Implants in Melbourne Replace?

Man having a dental implant

Man ready for his teeth to be checkedWhen it comes to missing teeth, dental implants offer a versatile replacement option. Depending on a patient’s age and oral health, dental implants can be used to restore any number of missing teeth, from a single tooth to an entire arch of teeth.

Dental implants in Melbourne replace both the lost crowns and the missing roots. If all upper or lower teeth are missing, multiple dental implants in Melbourne may be used to restore them with the help of an experienced dentist, such as High Dental Implants.

One Missing Tooth

Many patients wonder if it is worth it to replace a single missing tooth with a dental implant. The simple answer is yes as even one gap can cause significant dental health deterioration as the jawbone underneath deteriorates.

A single implant procedure involves placing the implant into a channel drilled into the jawbone. After the implant has been securely fixed, the dentist will attach a connecting piece (known as an abutment) on top of the implant that will stick out above the gum line. Once the implant has healed properly, the abutment will be covered with a porcelain crown. Dental porcelain is very durable and can be specially shaped and shaded to match the rest of the natural teeth.

Missing Teeth in a Row

Before dental implants, patients with consecutive missing teeth used to have bridges in order to fill the gap in their smile. However, traditional bridges require the destruction of the adjacent teeth in order to be stabilised. Today patients with missing teeth in a row can opt for implant-supported bridges, which are secured in place without the need to destroy healthy teeth. Implant-supported bridges are strong, sturdy, and last longer than traditional bridges.

Multiple Missing Teeth

For those missing many teeth, or even an entire arch of teeth, dental implants in Melbourne can be used to support partial or full dentures. Implant-supported dentures are secured by dental implants, which are strategically placed into the jawbone. Implant-supported dentures do not require a dental implant for every missing tooth and for this reason they can be a cost-effective alternative for patients with many missing teeth in the long run as traditional dentures need replacing every 3-8 years.