How do Multiple Tooth Implants Work?
The multiple tooth implant procedure is pretty similar to that of a single tooth implant. The dentist will place titanium screws in the jaw as a replacement for the teeth's root and then place a crown over it once the implant heals and fuses with the jaw bone. However, if you have multiple missing teeth, say three, your dentist will use an implant-supported bridge to replace missing teeth. Here, instead of planting three implants, the dentist will place two to preserve the dental structure. They will then place a bridge to replace the missing teeth once the bone fuses with the implants, and the gums heal. Placing an unnecessary amount of dental implants in the jaw bone can weaken the natural structure and increase the healing period. Using a bridge to replace the missing teeth is a cost and time-efficient option that maintains the jaw's integrity and prevents unnecessary damage to the structure.
Multiple Tooth Implant Procedure
The multiple tooth implant procedure follows the same timeline as a single-tooth implant procedure, and the steps are broadly the same, with only a few differences.
|•|| The first process is the extraction of the root and preparing the jaw for the implant. Often, the two are done on the same day if there are no complications.
|•|| The jaw is then allowed to heal so that the bone may firmly fuse with the implant to create a sturdy anchor for the bridge. The healing period varies with the number of implants and bone density. The upper jaw takes longer to heal, and the process may take up to 16 weeks. The lower jaw can heal in around 10 weeks.
|•|| The dentist will call the patient in for regular visits to track the progress and ensure there are no infections or issues with the temporary crown.
|•|| Once the bone heals, the dentist cuts open the gum again to place the abutment over the implant. They will then let the gum heal before securing the bridge and sealing it permanently.
|•||When the dentist feels like the gum is about to heal and are ready for the implants, they will have the lab prepare the bridge. The securing of the bridge marks the end of the implant procedure.|
Multiple tooth implants are of multiple types. If you have consecutive missing teeth, a bridge supported implant is an excellent option. Two implants can support around four to six teeth. However, if you are missing teeth randomly, multiple individual implants are a better option. Aged individuals who are missing most of their teeth can opt for All-on-4 treatment, which is essentially an implant-supported bridge for the entire length of the lower or upper jaw. It is a permanent procedure that restores their jaw to full functionality, allowing them to bite and chew normally again.
Professionals at Advanced Dental Associates can help bring back your original smile, restore damaged and replace missing teeth and prevent further oral health problems.