How Many Teeth Can Bridges, Dentures, or Implants Replace? 

Simply Dentistry offers several types of tooth replacements, but some are better for replacing one or a few teeth while others are designed to repair larger gaps. In this guide, our San Bruno dentist, Dr. Christina Chen, walks through the different dental solutions—dental bridges, dentures, and dental implants. Each offers an advanced and durable replacement for missing teeth, but we can find the right solution for you. 


Dental Bridges: For 1-3 Missing Teeth

A dental bridge literally bridges the space where up to three teeth are missing. They are cemented to the natural teeth on either side of the empty space using dental crowns. The bridge and crowns support replacement teeth, called pontics. Bridges can repair the natural contour of your smile, are color-matched to surrounding teeth, and can restore a proper bite between upper and lower teeth.


Partial Dentures: For Non-Adjacent Missing Teeth

A partial denture is a removable dental appliance that helps restore the form and function of your jaw. Unlike full dentures, partials replace one or several missing teeth, even if those teeth weren’t next to each other. Partial dentures are held in place by clasps that wrap around your remaining natural teeth. Advances in dentistry have resulted in dentures that are more comfortable and natural-looking than ever before.


Traditional Dentures: For a Full Arch

These are probably what you imagine when you hear the term “dentures.” They are used when all the natural teeth in an arch are missing. However, modern dentures are very different from the ones your grandparents had. Custom-made, durable, and nearly indistinguishable from natural teeth, they can restore facial integrity, chewing ability, and confidence. 

Dental Implants: For Any Number of Missing Teeth

Dental implants are titanium posts surgically placed into the jawbone. Once in place, Dr. Chen can mount replacement teeth onto them. They are extremely durable and function just like natural teeth, down to the artificial roots. The Cleveland Clinic reports that of the tooth replacement options, implants last the longest—potentially the rest of your life.

For a hybrid option, you can choose an implant-supported bridge. This choice can replace more teeth with fewer implants. Instead of anchoring the bridge to crowns on neighboring teeth, we can anchor it to implants.

All-on-4 Implants: For a Full Mouth Restoration

As the name suggests, this restoration can replace all of your teeth on the bottom or top with just four implants. The implants support a non-removable dental arch. It’s a game-changer if you’ve struggled with traditional dentures or are wary of getting a lot of implants. 

Making the Decision: Factors to Consider

  • Oral Health: Gum disease or jawbone loss may affect your options. We can work on treatment to get you where you need to be for the restoration you want.
  • Cost: Bridges and dentures are typically less expensive initially, but they may require more maintenance and replacements over time. Implants can have a higher upfront cost but can be more cost-effective in the long run.
  • Comfort and Aesthetics: Dental replacements should look and feel natural—after all, you’re investing in your smile.
  • Lifestyle: Habits and lifestyle can affect how well different dental options work. For example, if you’re an athlete, having an implant-supported bridge rather than something removable might be more practical.

No San Bruno Smile Is Too Far Gone

Knowing which tooth replacement to choose isn’t about finding the “best” solution, but the best solution for you. Consult Dr. Chen at Simply Dentistry to discuss your oral health, long-term goals, and any concerns. No matter how many teeth you’ve lost, a beaming smile is within your reach. Contact us today for your appointment.