Multiple Teeth Replacement With Implants
Unfortunately, tooth loss is a part of life for millions of Americans. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, about 120 million people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth, and 36 million have no teeth at all. If you are missing multiple teeth, you have come to the right place!
At Oral & Facial Surgery, we specialize in restorations designed to replace multiple missing teeth. The type of restoration you receive depends on your circumstance. More often than not, we recommend an implant-related solution.
Types of Restorations for Multiple Missing Teeth
Multiple missing teeth that are adjacent to one another usually require a bridge. A traditional bridge consists of two dental crowns linked together by a pontic, or false tooth. The two surrounding teeth are reshaped and capped with the crowns, allowing the appliance to "bridge" the gap created by your missing teeth.
An implant-supported bridge follows the same basic principle but does not rely on any teeth. Instead, a series of implants are placed underneath the gum tissue and into the jawbone. Most of the time, we place an implant post for each missing tooth. If this is not possible, we may suspend a pontic between two implants.
If you only have a few remaining teeth, or none at all, you may qualify for a full-arch restoration. This includes fixed complete bridges, implant-supported overdentures, and implant-retained dentures. We must extract any problem teeth before you receive your full-arch appliance.
The Implant Process
The first step is to determine if you are a suitable candidate for multiple implants. Our Specialists will perform a series of diagnostic tests during your consultation. For implant treatment to be successful, you must have an adequate amount of bone in the jaw. If your tooth loss has remained untreated for a long period, you may need a bone graft first.
Once we are sure your jaw is capable of supporting multiple implants, we can schedule your surgery. Each implant will be placed deep within your jawbone. The number of implants we place depends on the type of restoration you need. A full-arch restoration can require anywhere from four to eight implants.
During a brief healing period, the implants and your bone will fuse through the process of osseointegration. Once osseointegration is complete, your dentist will place your final restoration. In the meantime, you may need to wear a temporary, or removable denture.
Benefits of Dental Implants for Multiple Missing Teeth
Implant-supported restorations have some benefits over traditional methods, especially when it comes to multiple missing teeth. Some of these benefits include:
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If you are missing multiple teeth, don’t wait any longer! Call Oral & Facial Surgery in the Lewiston/Clarkston region at 208-743-1640 or in the Moscow/Pullman region at 509-330-5020 to schedule a consultation visit today!