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Multiple Implants

Tooth loss can happen for several factors, such as dental decay, periodontal disease, injuries, and trauma. The integrity of our teeth also weakens with age, increasing the likelihood of dental decay and loss of teeth. Multiple implants are the ideal restoration solution for patients missing multiple teeth.

What Are Multiple Implants?

Multiple implants in Corona are ideal for patients missing several teeth due to dental decay, periodontal disease, or injuries. As the name suggests, the procedure involves placing multiple implants at the sites of missing teeth, serving as a strong framework for prosthetic teeth, such as bridges, crowns, and dentures. Once multiple implants are in place, you can rest assured they’ll last a lifetime while looking, feeling, and functioning like natural teeth.

It’s worth pointing out that implants replace the root structures of the missing teeth rather than the visible crowns. An implant is a screw-shaped titanium post that is drilled into the jawbone underneath the socket of the missing tooth. Over time, the jawbone heals around the implant, making it a firm replacement for the original root. Finally, the crown or bridge is placed on the implant to replace the visible components of the missing teeth.

doctor and patient discussing multiple implants in Corona

The Procedure

  1. Consultation: Prior to receiving multiple implants in Corona the dentist creates a treatment plan based on your specific goals, expectations, dental anatomy, and the location of the missing teeth.
  2. Implant: The dental implant surgery is performed under local anesthesia with sedation. The dentist attaches multiple titanium implants into the sites of the missing teeth.
  3. Abutment: A small abutment post is attached to the implants.
  4. Prosthetic: Custom-made crowns and bridges are prepared, designed to resemble your natural teeth, and attached to the abutments.
  5. Recovery: It takes 2 to 6 months for your jawbone to heal completely around the implants, making them a part of your dental anatomy.

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Multiple Implants vs. Traditional Bridges

A traditional (tooth-supported) bridge is a restorative option consisting of a series of prosthetic teeth. If you’re missing two or more teeth, the fake teeth serve as suitable replacements, but they have to be anchored to the surrounding (healthy) teeth. As such, the surrounding teeth are filed down to a small stub to accommodate the connectors, i.e., the last teeth in the bridge.

Our multiple implants in Corona have the following advantages over traditional bridges:

  • The surrounding healthy teeth don’t have to be ground down to support the prosthetics. Instead, the prosthetic is supported on the implant, which is placed at the site of the missing tooth.
  • Implants support, stimulate, and stabilize the jawbone underneath the prosthetic teeth. However, traditional bridges don’t support the jawbone, leading to disintegration.
  • Multiple implants can replace as many missing teeth as necessary, but traditional bridges have limitations.
  • Dental implants last forever, but bridges have a lifespan of 5 to 7 years.
diagram of dental bridges Corona

Candidates for Multiple Implants

The ideal candidates for multiple implants are missing several teeth either in a row or in different locations on the jaw. They should also have sufficient healthy jawbone to support the implants. If the patient doesn’t have sufficient jawbone, a bone grafting procedure might be necessary to facilitate bone regeneration. Dr. Huston will perform numerous tests to ensure you’re a viable candidate for multiple implants.

Contact 2nd Chance Smile Implant Center

2nd Chance Smile Implant Center is a state-of-the-art dental implant center that provides the latest implant solutions and techniques to replace your missing teeth. Dr. Huston, our board-certified dental implant specialist, customizes the implant procedure to address your specific goals, concerns, and needs. If you want a second chance with a beautiful smile, please schedule an appointment at our dental center to go over your options for multiple implants in Corona, California, today.

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