A Multiple tooth implant is one of the cosmetic dentistry options that you can go with when it comes to replacing lost teeth. Implants are placed inside your jaw and serve as a base for restorations that replace missing teeth. Implants fuse with jawbone tissues in a process called osseointegration, turning the implant into part of the patient’s jawbone.
Implants are the only replacements for missing teeth that preserve the bone tissue loss that occurs after one or more teeth fall out. The tissues in the jaw need regular stimulation the same way that muscle tissues need to be regularly stimulated to prevent atrophy. Teeth roots are responsible for keeping tissues in the jaw properly stimulated, by transferring bite forces into these tissues.
The loss of this stimulation can lead to changes to the person’s facial structures due to bone tissue loss and wrinkles forming around the mouth. A multiple tooth implant helps prevent this.
How a multiple tooth implant replaces teeth
The process for installing implants for multiple teeth is similar to the way that single tooth implants are installed. The patient is evaluated for health conditions, like diabetes, that might make it more challenging for them to recover from the surgical installation of implants. The patient will also be evaluated for habits like smoking that can slow down recovery.
During the surgical procedure, a shot of a local anesthetic is administered so the patient does not feel anything as the dentist works. Holes are drilled for the number of implants being used, and implants are pushed into these holes.
The implants are given up to six months to fuse with bone tissues around them. Once that process has been completed, the implants are ready for restorations like the following.
Dentures: Dentures have been around for centuries and provide the most affordable way to replace missing teeth. They are known for their poor stability, which leads to the prosthetic moving around in the mouth when worn. Attaching dentures to implants makes them just as stable as real teeth, significantly improving the patient’s experience. Implants can serve as bases for partial denture sets or full denture implants for those who have lost most of their real teeth.
Bridges: Implants can also serve as bases for dental bridges. Bridges are used to close up the spaces created by missing teeth. They are typically attached to the two teeth nearest to the gap on both sides, but that is not always an option. When a patient does not have any real teeth that can be used to anchor down a bridge, a dentist might recommend using implants to serve as the base. The implants are installed on each end of the hole, and they are covered with crowns that serve as the anchors for a dental bridge.
Replace your lost teeth
Have a gap in your smile? Call or visit our Peoria clinic to learn more about how our dentist can replace multiple teeth with implants.
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