Whether due to tooth decay or other medical reasons, multiple missing teeth can have a huge effect on your confidence. Unlike a single missing tooth, multiple gaps can be very noticeable and prevent people from showing off their smile.
But we can help.
Multiple teeth dental implants look and feel just like real teeth. They are added using artificial titanium roots which fuse with the jawbone to hold implants and crowns (tooth fittings) in place. This is a more permanent solution than crowns or bridges.
Am I a suitable candidate for multiple teeth dental implants?
Before any work is done, you will have an initial consultation to determine whether your gums and bone are suitable for dental implants.
This will be assessed by a dentist using x-rays. It is important to note that even if you do not have sufficient bone to hold dental implants, bone grafting is an option.
Exposed gum as a result of missing teeth can cause complications as it is more susceptible to bacteria and plaque build-ups, which can lead to gum disease. Dental implants can help to improve your oral health by providing greater protection for your gums.
Your dentist will assess your dental health and, if your gums are not healthy enough to support implants, we offer several treatments. Strong and healthy gums are crucial to the success of your dental implants.
What happens during the procedure?
Once your dentist has established that your gums are healthy and your bone structure can support implants, the procedure can begin. Remember that the overall process from inserting the implant to adding your new and bespoke crowns will take time, in order to allow your jawbone to heal.
You will be given a local anaesthetic to numb the area and make the procedure as comfortable as possible. The first step is to insert the dental implant rods into the jaw.
It will not always be necessary to use an implant for each individual tooth, depending on the structure of the remaining teeth.
Your dentist will place the implants by making an incision in the gum and drilling a small hole into the jawbone. An abutment (the fitting which will hold the crown in place) is then screwed into the implant rod.
Once this stage is complete, you will need to allow your jawbone time to heal and for the implants to settle.
This can take anywhere from six weeks to six months. However, you will be given a temporary bridge or crown, so you’ll be able to walk away from our practice with a new smile the very same day.
What happens next?
You may feel some discomfort once the anaesthetic has worn off, so we advise taking over-the-counter painkillers in the days following the procedure.
We normally supply these and a short course of antibiotics.
We have rarely heard back from patients about anything more than some discomfort caused by the physical progress of fitting an implant.
This can include a little bruising to the gums or inside of the mouth. Dental implants are actually a simple procedure.
Once your dentist is happy that the dental implants and jawbone have healed, the next stage is creating your new, bespoke crowns.
Experienced dental technicians will design and construct your new teeth, and these will be fitted to the abutments.
Why choose implants over conventional bridges and dentures?
While conventional bridges and dentures can provide you with replacement teeth to cover the gaps, they are not a permanent solution.
If multiple teeth need replacing, dentures usually require the rest of the teeth on the row to be removed as well, even if they are not necessarily problematic.
With dental implants, we can insert both singular and multiple implants without too much disruption to the remaining teeth.
Dental implants ensure that your new teeth stay in place, as the implants fuse with your jawbone. Traditional bridges rely on your neighbouring teeth to create a structure for new teeth and dentures only connect to the gums.
As a result, dentures and bridges are prone to movement, which is not only disruptive in your day-to-day life, but can also impact your gums. For a strong, realistic, functional and permanent tooth replacement, dental implants are an excellent choice.
When it comes to caring for your new teeth, dental implants also have an advantage. They can be looked after just like regular teeth, by brushing and flossing. Whereas conventional bridges need specialist cleaning products.
Once you leave our practice, you’ll have a new smile that will last.
To find out more about multiple teeth dental implants and how we can design your new smile, get in touch today.
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