Multiple Teeth Dental Implant
Missing multiple teeth can cause so many disadvantages for a patient. Chewing food can become an issue. Speaking is also affected as speech production is disturbed. Patients with multiple missing teeth can also be terribly conscious of their smile. While they may have lost these teeth from injuries, trauma, or due to age, they can be replaced with multiple dental implants. By engaging the advantages of multiple dental implants, our professionals at Implant & Periodontal Associates NW in Richland help our patients restore their confident smiles and oral abilities.
What Is A Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a tiny titanium or zirconium rod that is placed into the jawbone through a surgical process. It plays the role of a tooth root as it serves as a firm and secure base for a complementing artificial crown. Since the dental implant stays firmly in the jawbone, it becomes a versatile prosthetic that allows for multiple teeth replacement options.
What Is A Multiple Teeth Dental Implant?
A multiple teeth dental implant is a clever combination of a dental bridge and dental implant to replace an array of missing teeth. Also known as implant supported bridges, multiple teeth dental implants can replace several missing teeth without using single implants for each missing tooth. The more teeth a patient needs to replace, the fewer the implants needed. The implants needed here are only placed at strategic points in the jaw to support the bridge of artificial replacement crowns.
How Is A Multiple Teeth Dental Implant Placed?
Missing teeth may have occurred from cases such as injuries, tooth decay, medical illnesses, or even as a result of aging. Our first approach is to have a thorough consultation with our professionals. Here, we would examine your missing teeth and see if you might need some preparatory procedures. These may include tooth extraction for patients with decayed or damaged teeth, or even a bone graft for patients who have suffered bone loss.
We will take measurements of the vacant space and decide on the fitting materials and colors for your artificial teeth and implants. The measurement taken will be used to prepare your permanent bridge and crown. Once our professionals have cleared you for the procedure, the next phase is to place the implants.
To prepare you, we will administer local anesthesia to you. This will keep you comfortable and numb during the procedure. The implants will be placed in strategic points that have been previously decided and mapped from X-ray exams. Depending on the visibility of the missing teeth space, you may receive temporary artificial teeth while the implants heal. The healing process may span a couple of months.
When your implants have fully healed and bonded to your jawbone, you will return to receive the permanent dental bridge. This procedure involves the removal of the temporary teeth, and the placement of the custom designed bridge of crowns.
After The Procedure
The new multiple teeth implants should look and function like your natural teeth. The best part is that they do not depend on your natural teeth. To care for them, you may need to pay more attention to cleaning the gums around and under them. Keeping good oral hygiene and regular dental checks are also necessary. You can learn more about multiple teeth implants from our professionals at Implant & Periodontal Associates NW in Richland, by calling us on (509) 542-9111 to schedule an appointment.