Why should I replace my missing teeth?
The loss of posterior teeth on the maxilla or the mandible requires fast action, since you loose most of your masticatory ability.
When you loose your posterior teeth you start to chew with the front teeth which is not what they are made for. This is why they start abrading or moving forward.
If left unrestored, teeth of the opposing jaw move into the empty space while neighboring teeth shift to the empty space, resulting in changes in the occlusal scheme of the mouth.
The supporting bone is deteriorating as time goes by, and sometimes when you wish to have implants placed it's not possible any more.
The longer you don't replace the missing teeth, the bigger the consequences will be.
Are there alternative solutions?
If you still have a posterior abutment tooth , then you can replace the missing teeth with a fixed partial denture.
If on the other hand there is no posterior abutment tooth, the only alternative to an implant fixed bridge is a partial denture, that is a removable prosthesis .
What are the advantages of the implants?
Replacement of missing teeth with dental implant is an ideal solution, because it ensures excellent mastication with a fixed prosthesis and it does not involve the palate allowing a good sence of taste.
Neighboring teeth remain intact, maintaining their good prognosis.
Dental implants also prevent further absorption of the jawbone.
Take a look at cases of many missing teeth, replaced with implant supported metalceramic fixed partial derntures that were treated in our practice.