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:
•  Periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. It occurs as a result of a bacterial infection. Bacteria that accumulate in your mouth cause irritation to your gums. This triggers an inflammatory response from your immune system, which causes the gums to swell. The tissue begins to pull away from your teeth, leading to the formation of periodontal pockets. Bacteria collect in the pockets, where they begin attacking your jawbone and periodontal ligaments. These structures weaken, compromising the stability of your teeth and eventually leading to tooth loss.
•  Facial trauma. Injuries from a car accident, a fall, or a sports accident can cause trauma to your face and your teeth.
•  Severe tooth decay. If your teeth are severely decayed, they may not be able to be treated with fillings or crowns. This can lead to the need for the extraction of the affected teeth.
•  Bruxism. This is a condition in which you grind and clench your teeth. The excessive pressure on your teeth and jaw can wear away the bone, causing your teeth to become unstable.

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:
•  Difficulty biting and chewing. You may find it more difficult to eat many of your favorite foods. At the same time, when your ability to chew is affected, your digestion also suffers. Because you cannot thoroughly chew your food, your body has a more difficult time absorbing nutrients. This can result in malnutrition.
•  Difficulty speaking. You may develop a lisp or have other difficulties speaking.
•  You are at an increased risk of tooth damage. Without some of your teeth, the distribution of chewing pressure is uneven. This means some of your teeth receive much more pressure than others, which can result in tooth damage such as chips and cracks.
•  Bone loss in your jaw. Without your teeth, your jawbone begins to weaken. The bone also begins to change shape. Your healthy teeth begin to shift out of alignment, which alters your bite and can cause other issues such as bruxism and TMJ disorder. Additionally, as your jawbone changes shape, you may notice your facial shape begins to change. This can also lead to sagging skin and the formation of wrinkles.

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:
•  A completely natural appearance. The crowns used for your multiple tooth implant look exactly like the teeth they are replacing. Ceramic can be stained to perfectly blend in with the color of your natural teeth, and it also reflects light just like real enamel. With perfectly natural looking restorations, the quality of your smile is also greatly improved.
•  Normal functionality is restored. Implants feel and function exactly like your real teeth. With these teeth, you can enjoy all of your favorite foods and can bite and chew as normal. With chewing restored, you can fully break down everything you eat, which then allows your body to more easily absorb nutrients later in the digestive process. This aids in greatly improving your nutrition. Additionally, your replacement teeth perfectly restore your speech. There is also no need to worry about relearning how to speak with a new object in your mouth.
•  Greater comfort. Your dental restorations are supported by the implant posts and your jawbone, rather than your adjacent teeth or your gums. This prevents unnecessary pressure.
•  Your teeth are held securely in place. Unlike a partial denture, which can slip and fall out of place, your dental restorations are secured into place on your implant posts with small screws.
•  Ease of care. With partial dentures, your teeth need to be taken out every night and thoroughly cleaned. They then need to be stored in a glass of denture solution to soak overnight. With implants, you can brush and floss your replacement teeth exactly like your real teeth. The only time your restorations are removed is in the office if repairs are required.
•  No need to alter the structure of your natural teeth. With a bridge, enamel needs to be removed from the two teeth on each side of the empty space. This allows the crowns to fit into place to hold the restoration in place. With implants, there is no need to adjust adjacent teeth at all.
•  Preservation of your jawbone. Dental implants restore the stimulation to your jawbone. The message to your body is restored, which means more nutrients are sent to your jaw and surrounding areas. As a result, bone loss in your jaw is stopped, and new bone loss is prevented. Because your jaw remains strong and healthy, there is no need for periodic replacements.

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.
•  You are in good health. Because implants require surgery, you need to be in good overall health. As a part of your initial consultation, we go over your medical history. There are some chronic conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes, that can cause serious complications, both during treatment as well as during recovery if they are not controlled. We go over any medications that you are taking. We also examine your mouth, checking for cavities and periodontal disease. These issues will require treatment before surgery can be performed.
•  Your lifestyle factors can affect healing. Excessive alcohol consumption can affect the ability of your blood to clot properly, which can lead to bleeding issues. Tobacco products can limit oxygen in your blood and slow your blood flow, slowing the delivery of essential nutrients required for healing. These products can also affect your immune system, which can then make it more difficult for your body to effectively fight off infections.
•  The condition of your jawbone is important. While implants help to stop bone loss in your jaw, their success depends on your jawbone for success. If you have lost too much bone mass, any implants placed are at a much higher risk of failure. We can help to increase the success of your dental implants with an additional surgical procedure called a bone graft. This procedure involves transplanting bone mass into your jaw to restore its strength. Once you have healed from your bone graft, the process for placing implants can begin.

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.

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Kelowna, BC V1Y 8B7, Canada

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