Multiple Tooth Implants
According to the CDC, by the age of 50, Americans have lost 12 of their permanent teeth. If you are missing multiple teeth, loss of functionality as well as aesthetics becomes a major concern for most people. At Amir Sanjabi, DDS, we work closely with our valued patients so that they can have the appropriate tooth restoration treatment according to their specific needs.
If you have lost multiple teeth, Amir Sanjabi, DDS may recommend you replace them with multiple tooth implants.
What are Multiple Tooth Implants and Why Do You Need Them?
Missing teeth can result in a lot of oral health issues. They can result in problems in biting or chewing food and create a lisp when talking. Additionally, the gaps left by missing teeth can shift the remaining teeth from their alignment, make them difficult to clean, and make your mouth vulnerable to dental caries and gum disease.
Moreover, the bone that supported the teeth which are now lost will also be resorped by the body, making your cheeks sag and your mouth pucker.
In such cases, multiple tooth implants are a great option.
These are titanium screw-shaped devices that are placed into the jawbone in place of the missing tooth root, preventing further bone necrosis and strengthening your jawbone. These prosthetics are later covered with a dental crown that allows you to chew and speak properly.
Things to Know When Getting Multiple Tooth Implants
There are a few things you need to be aware of before you get a dental implant:
To be a good candidate for a dental implant, your jaw should have sufficient bone density. If your jaw does not have a strong bone, we recommend a bone graft surgery to regrow the lost bone and strengthen the jaw so that it can support the dental implant.
Fixed Dental Bridges
If you have lost multiple adjacent teeth, we may use a device called a fixed dental bridge or an implant-supported bridge. This is a type of dental bridge that is not anchored into place by dental crowns or neighboring teeth but rather, dental implants. The dental implants will be placed on either side of the gap and the space will be bridged by artificial teeth or pontics, which will sit on top of your gums.
This is a more cost-effective treatment option than having single-tooth implants for all of your missing teeth.
The same type of concept is used on another innovative multiple tooth dental implant procedure, the All-On-4 Treatment Concept.
Are There Any Complications With Getting Multiple Tooth Implants
Like all surgeries, multiple tooth implants can pose a few complications, though the risk is small.
One possibility is of implant failure. An implant can fail due to numerous reasons, like:
However, all of these risks are small if you take care to properly inform us about your medical conditions and lifestyle habits. We also take computed tomography and other digital radiographs to ensure these issues do not happen.
If you are missing multiple teeth, getting a dental implant may be the best choice for you. If you are interested in the treatment, call us today at (562) 287-8016and schedule a consultation with us.