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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Abutment: A small abutment post is attached to the implants.
- Prosthetic: Custom-made crowns and bridges are prepared, designed to resemble your natural teeth, and attached to the abutments.
- Recovery: It takes 2 to 6 months for your jawbone to heal completely around the implants, making them a part of your dental anatomy.
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.
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.