Which teeth can be replaced with a dental implant?
It is more advantageous to replace any teeth with a dental implant, regardless of size, shape or position in the jaw. The treatment is almost always more worth it in the long run.
Replacing a tooth from the middle of a row
Most of the time teeth go missing from the middle of a row, as this is where most of the teeth are. This is a basic case, and requires on dental implant to stabilize the alveolus. A crown goes on top of the implant, and restores chewing function just as when the tooth was present. In the case of front teeth, if they are small enough, sometimes even two consecutive teeth can be replaced with a single dental implant. Dental implants come in many sizes to be able to replace any teeth.
It is also completely possible to replace end teeth with dental implants. Other tooth replacement methods for end teeth usually involve removable dentures, but with dental implants, you don’t need to have any messy removable bits. Alveolar disintegration occurs even with back teeth, and removable dentures are not going to help with that.
Replacing multiple teeth
It is possible to replace any number of teeth with dental implants, and dental implants actually start to be a cheaper option the more teeth you need to replace. The easiest is if the teeth that are missing are next to each other, as this way you can have a dental implant supported bridge. This means that many teeth can be replaced with just 2 or 3 implants. You can replace even 5 or 6 teeth in a row with just 2 dental implants.
If you have good jaw bones, you can even have an entire row of teeth replaced. Usually 4 dental implants are enough to hold an entire row of teeth in place, but for bigger mouths, sometimes 6 are required. These procedures require a lot of planning, and you may need several consultation sessions before an appointment can be booked with your dentist.
Whatever the number, size, shape or position of teeth, if you need a tooth replaced, dental implants are the best solution. They are completely hypoallergenic and actually help to stabilize bone growth, and so enjoy a clear advantage over any other form of tooth replacement. Talk to your dentist and see if dental implantation is right for you.