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Multiple Tooth Implants
Losing teeth can happen for many reasons. Common reasons for tooth loss include gum disease and facial trauma, such as a sports injury or a fall. When you are faced with tooth loss, your entire life is affected. Simple tasks like eating and speaking become more challenging. Your smile deteriorates, and your confidence may plummet. Tooth loss can also impact the integrity of your jawbone. At Sunnyside Dentistry, we can replace multiple missing teeth with multiple tooth implants.
What are Dental Implants?Dental implants are a treatment designed to replace missing teeth. They are a modern alternative to traditional bridges and dentures. Implants are a unique treatment that requires the surgical implantation of small titanium posts into your jawbone. Your bone then fuses to the posts, stabilizing them within your jaw. This natural process turns the posts into replacement roots that are then used to provide secure support for your dental restorations, which are screwed into place on the posts. Implants can be used for single tooth replacement, or they can be used to replace multiple consecutive missing teeth.
How is a Multiple Tooth Implant Placed?Getting dental implants involves a surgical procedure that is done under a local anesthetic as well as sedation. Surgery begins with small incisions in the gums, providing access to the bone underneath. Holes are drilled into the bone, and the titanium posts are placed inside. The number of posts placed for your multiple tooth implant depends upon a few different factors, including how many teeth you are missing and the condition of your jawbone. During your initial consultation, we can determine the number needed and the optimal locations for placement. After the posts are placed, the gums are sutured closed, and temporary teeth are placed.
Healing from implant surgery can take several weeks to several months to complete. During this time, your jawbone gradually fuses to the posts, stabilizing them in your jaw. Several follow up visits allow us to monitor your progress and ensure there are no complications. Once the jaw has healed, we begin the process of placing your final restorations. This process usually takes two additional appointments. During the first appointment, the temporary teeth are removed, the abutments are placed, and impressions of your mouth are taken. At your second appointment, your custom restorations, made from your impression, are checked for fit and bite and finally secured into place with small screws.
The Benefits of a Multiple Tooth ImplantThere are many benefits associated with a multiple tooth implant.
If you are missing several teeth in a row, a multiple tooth dental implant may be the solution for you. Call Sunnyside Dentistry today at (503) 451-5104 for more information and to schedule your appointment.