Multiple Tooth Implant
Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and restore your smile. However, what if you need to replace multiple teeth? That's where multiple tooth implants come in. This type of implant involves placing two or more dental implants in the jawbone to support a bridge, partial denture, or full denture.
Replacing several adjacent teeth or a molar is also a great option. However, if you're considering this procedure, consult a dentist to determine whether you're a good candidate. As such, our dental team at Lincoln Center Smiles is highly experienced in multiple tooth implant procedures and will guide you through the entire process.
Advantages of Multiple Tooth Implants
Multiple dental tooth implants offer many advantages over traditional methods of replacing missing teeth, such as dental bridges and dentures. One advantage is that it preserves bone structure since it does not require support from adjacent natural teeth like bridges do. They also provide better stability than traditional methods since they are firmly anchored into the jawbone with implant posts.
The restorations of implants can also prevent further tooth loss, jawbone degeneration, and changing facial structure due to bone resorption. Lastly, dental implants look and function like natural teeth since they use artificial roots made from titanium alloy that fuse with your jawbone over time.
Who Is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Anyone who has lost a single tooth or several teeth due to injury, disease, or decay may qualify for multiple dental implants. However, specific criteria must be met before this procedure, such as having enough healthy bone tissue in your jawbone to support the number of implants needed for replacement teeth. Additionally, you must have good oral hygiene habits and practice regular visits to the dentist for dental exams and dental cleanings to maintain your new smile after treatment is complete.
Multiple Dental Implant Procedure
The first step in getting multiple dental implants is consulting our experienced dentist, who uses a computer-guided implant system for your treatment. During the consultation appointment, the dentist will examine your mouth and take 3D x-rays (CBCT) to picture your jawbone structure accurately. In this way, the dentist can look for jawbone recession and prepare a surgical guide to refer to during your procedure. If necessary, they may also suggest other preparatory treatments like bone grafting.
Once cleared to proceed with the implant procedure, a local anesthetic or general anesthesia will be used to numb the implant area. Then, the dentist will make a small incision in your gums and insert titanium posts below the gums and into the jawbone. The posts are then left to heal and fuse with the bone for a few months before placing the artificial teeth on top of the posts. The entire process, from consultation to placing the final restoration, can take several months, depending on your situation.
How Long Does it Take to Heal After Getting Dental Implants?
The healing process after getting multiple dental implants typically takes two to six months, depending on each case. However, the symptoms of the implant surgery should subside, and all discomfort should be gone in five to seven days. During this period, it is essential to follow a soft diet, brush gently, and take care of your gums to ensure a successful implant procedure.
If you would like to learn more about multiple tooth implants and find out if you are a candidate for this procedure, contact our dental team at Lincoln Center Smiles via (503) 598-0898 to schedule a consultation. Our experienced dentists and staff are here to provide the highest quality care and ensure your dental implants are done correctly.