Multiple Teeth Replacement With Dental Implants
Tooth loss has many causes. It can occur as a result of gum disease, facial trauma, or a variety of other reasons. No matter how your tooth loss occurs, the effects are the same. Biting and chewing become more difficult. Speaking becomes a challenge. Your smile and your confidence are diminished. Tooth loss also leads to bone loss in the jaw. When this happens, the bone becomes weak and changes shape, altering your bite and causing several other serious issues. The more teeth you lose in an area of your mouth, the more your mouth, and your life, is affected. At Neu Family Dental, we can replace multiple missing teeth with dental implants.
Traditional Replacements for Multiple Missing Teeth
There are two ways in which multiple missing teeth have historically been replaced: bridges and partial dentures. A bridge is used for one to three missing teeth. This restoration, typically made of ceramic or porcelain, consists of the replacement teeth, with a dental crown on each side. The crowns anchor the restoration securely in place on your adjacent healthy teeth. A partial denture replaces four or more missing teeth in a given area of the mouth. It consists of an acrylic base that supports your replacement teeth. The base, which is removable, is supported directly by the gums. It also contains metal clasps, which provide further security, that attach to your healthy teeth. These options are still available today. However, they require periodic replacement as they cannot stop the bone loss that occurs in the jaw after tooth loss.
Dental Implants for Multiple Missing Teeth
Dental implants are the latest option available for tooth replacement and can be used to replace any number of missing teeth. They consist of small titanium posts, which are inserted directly into the jawbone. The bone fuses with the implants, a process called osseointegration. This process turns the implants into stable roots. The number of implants used for your restoration will depend upon your specific needs, including the number of missing teeth and the condition of your jawbone. Abutments or connectors are placed on top. Finally, crowns are placed on top of the abutments, which stabilize the crowns. The crowns replace the visible surfaces of your missing teeth, restoring the functions of those teeth as well as the beauty of your smile.
Why Dental Implants?
There are several advantages to using dental implants to replace your missing teeth:
Dental Implant Procedure
Placing your dental implants is done in a surgical procedure. We start by administering a local anesthetic and sedation. Small incisions are made in the gums, exposing the bone underneath. Holes are drilled into the bone, and the implants are placed. Finally, the gums are sutured closed, and temporary teeth are placed.
Healing from surgery often takes anywhere from several weeks to several months. During this time, the bone fuses to the titanium posts, integrating the implants into your jaw. We will schedule regular follow up appointments with you to make sure your healing is progressing properly. Once you have healed, we then begin the process of creating your permanent restoration. Once they have been created, they are secured into place on the posts with small screws.
Replacing sections of missing teeth is essential for restoring the functions of your mouth, your smile, and your quality of life. Call Neu Family Dental today to schedule your consultation and find out if dental implants for multiple missing teeth are the right choice for you at (847) 230-9143.
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