Multiple Tooth Implants
Tooth loss is a big deal. When you lose several teeth, just about every aspect of your life is affected. Once basic functions become more challenging, making daily activities much more difficult. When you suffer the loss of several teeth, replacement is essential right away. Traditionally, multiple missing teeth have been replaced with either a bridge or partial dentures. Today, Legato Dental Centre provides you with an alternative with a multiple tooth implant.
Causes of Tooth Loss
There are a variety of different issues that can lead to the loss of multiple teeth. Common causes of tooth loss include:
The Effects of Losing Multiple Teeth
When you lose several teeth, there are many issues that begin to occur. One of the most obvious effects of tooth loss is the impact that the event has on your smile. Without your teeth, the quality of your smile decreases, which can also significantly affect your confidence.
Aesthetic issues are not the only problem caused by missing teeth. Other effects of losing several teeth include:
Traditional Treatments for Replacing Multiple Teeth
There are two ways in which multiple missing teeth have been replaced, bridges and partial dentures. Partial dentures replace up to three teeth while a partial denture replaces a larger section.
A bridge consists of pontic, or replacement, teeth that are set between two crowns. The crowns are attached to the adjacent teeth, relying on these teeth for support and stability. A partial denture is a removable restoration that consists of replacement teeth set into a hard, acrylic base. The base sits directly on your gums, relying on the tissue for support.
While both of these restorations are still common today and replace many of the functions of your missing teeth, they cannot stop the bone loss in your jaw. Even though your teeth have been replaced, your jawbone still weakens. As a result, your restoration needs to be changed every few years to accommodate the changes and ensure a proper bite is maintained.
What is a Multiple Tooth Implant?
A multiple tooth implant is a restoration that uses dental implants to replace a section of missing teeth. Implants are a modern alternative to bridges and partial dentures. With implants, small titanium posts are surgically placed within your jaw. Your bone fuses to these posts, stabilizing them within your jaw. They essentially become the roots that anchor your teeth securely in place. The number of implant posts required for your restoration depends upon how many teeth are being replaced as well as the condition of your jawbone.
Getting Your Multiple Tooth Implant
Getting your multiple tooth implant requires surgery. The procedure is performed under a local anesthetic, which ensures that you do not feel any discomfort during treatment. You are also provided with sedation, which helps to keep you calm and relaxed.
Surgery begins with small incisions in your gum tissue. This provides us with access to your jawbone. We then drill holes into the bone and place the implant posts inside. Your gums are stitched closed, and a temporary restoration is set into place, which is used until after you have fully healed.
After your surgery, we provide you with aftercare instructions. These instructions are designed to help you heal properly and prevent serious complications from occurring. Your instructions will help you to deal with common issues after surgery, such as pain and swelling. We can provide you with information on what to eat and what should be avoided, especially in the early stages of recovery. Your instructions will also include what potential issues could arise and what to do if you notice signs of any issues.
What if My Jawbone is Too Weak?
Dental implants have a success rate of about 98%. Even so, one of the biggest factors in the success of your treatment is the condition of your jawbone. Your teeth play a major role in the health of your jawbone. They provide stimulation for the bone, which tells the body to send essential nutrients to your jaw and surrounding areas. When you lose teeth, your jawbone loses stimulation. Fewer nutrients are sent, which results in the loss of bone mass. For your bone to fuse properly, you need to have enough bone mass remaining in your jaw. Without it, any implants placed may fail.
Just because your bone is deemed to be too weak at first, this does not mean that you are ineligible for receiving a multiple tooth implant. Instead, implants can be made possible with a treatment called bone grafting. A bone graft is another surgical procedure. This procedure involves transplanting bone mass to your jawbone to restore strength. The bone can be harvested from your own body, or it can be taken from a donor. As you heal from this procedure, your existing bone fuses to implant material. Once you have fully healed, we can begin the process of placing your dental implants.
How Much Does a Multiple Tooth Implant Cost?
The cost of a multiple tooth implant varies from patient to patient. There are many factors that go into determining your total. One of the biggest factors in your cost is how many implants are being placed in your jaw. More implant posts typically mean a higher cost. Other factors that play a role in your cost include the total number of implants you need as well as if you need a bone graft before receiving your implants.
Another factor in determining how much you will pay out of pocket is your dental insurance. Implants are sometimes not covered because they are seen as a cosmetic treatment. However, more and more dental insurance companies are providing at least some coverage for implants. Contact your dental insurance provider for more information on if they provide coverage and, if so, how much they will cover.
Benefits of a Multiple Tooth Implants
There are numerous benefits associated with a multiple tooth implant. These benefits include:
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Before you can receive dental implants, an initial consultation is needed. This consultation helps us to determine if dental implants, including a multiple tooth implant, are the best solution to meet your needs. There are many factors that go into determining your candidacy.
A multiple tooth implant provides you with a unique alternative to traditional bridges and partial dentures, giving you a long-term, even permanent, solution. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, give Legato Dental Centre a call today at (250) 860-5253.