Hello and welcome to the brand new dental implant blog of Starbrite Dental. For some time now, we have been wondering what the best way of getting the word out about dental implants to our many Fremont, CA area patients might be. Finally, we decided on this blog, as it gives us the opportunity to speak directly to our patients. To start things off, we’ve decided to answer a pretty common question we receive at our practice, that being “how many teeth can dental implants replace?” Today, Dr. Munira Lokhandwala is blogging to talk about the variety of different treatments our practice performs using dental implants.
No matter how many missing teeth you may be dealing with, we have a treatment using dental implants that can work for you. Some of these treatments include:
The most common restoration we perform here at our practice is a single tooth restoration. For this procedure, a single implant fixture is placed in the empty spot left behind by your missing tooth. As the implant fixture heals, a process called osseointegration works to integrate it into your oral anatomy, giving your jaw structure the ability to manipulate it just like it would one of your natural tooth roots. This process is made possible by the fact that the implant fixture is made from titanium, which is a metal that the body doesn’t recognize as unnatural. Once osseointegration is finished, an abutment is attached to your implant fixture and the replacement crown connected, completing the restoration.
While less common than single missing teeth, we still frequently receive patients who are missing multiple teeth. For these patients, they can still choose to have each missing tooth restored with its own implant fixture and crown setup. However, if a patient has multiple missing teeth that all border each other, then they may choose to use an implant-supported dental bridge instead. For this procedure, at least two implant fixtures are placed. Once healed, an abutment is attached to each fixture and the dental bridge connected at both points, completing the restoration.
Every now and then, we receive a patient who is suffering from a full arch of missing teeth. For these patients, it can still be possible to restore each and every tooth with its own fixture and crown. However, a better option may be to use an implant-supported overdenture. For this procedure, four to six implant fixtures are placed along the arch. Once they have healed and osseointegration has completed, an abutment will be attached to each implant fixture and the overdenture connected at each point, completing the restoration.
As you can see, our doctors can use dental implants to restore any number of missing teeth. Whether you are suffering from a single missing tooth or even a full arch of missing teeth, we have a solution that can have you smiling again in no time. If you would like to find out which of these treatments might be best for your needs, we encourage you to contact our office and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Munira Lokhandwala, Dr. Azadeh Hosseini, or Dr. Priya Beedu today.
Dr. Munira Lokhandwala
38350 Fremont Blvd., Suite 103
Fremont, CA 94536
Monday: 9AM – 6PM
Tuesday: 9AM – 6PM
Wednesday: 9AM – 6PM
Thursday: 9AM – 6PM
Friday: 9AM – 6PM
Saturday: 9AM – 5PM