Multiple Teeth Replacement
When several teeth need replacing, dental implants often provide advantages over other teeth replacement options. In addition to looking and functioning as natural teeth, implant-supported bridges replace teeth without support from adjacent natural teeth. Other treatments for the loss of several teeth, such as fixed bridges or removable partial dentures, are dependent on support from adjacent teeth. Also, because implant-supported bridges will replace some of the tooth roots, your bone is better preserved. With a fixed bridge or removable partial denture, the bone that previously surrounded the missing tooth roots may begin to resorb (deteriorate). Dental implants integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and supportive.
A general timeline for the placement and restoration of multiple teeth implants is as follows:
The titanium implants, which appear like screws or cylinders, are placed into your jaw by a oral surgeon or periodontist. Over the next two to six months, the implants and bone are allowed to bond together (integrate) to form anchors.
Next, the surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a healing abutment. This device trains the gingival tissue to accept the permanent restoration(s). Your gums will be allowed to heal for a couple of weeks following this procedure.
Finally, the replacement teeth, or bridges, will be created for your by your general dentist and a dental laboratory. They will be attached to small metal posts, called abutments.
Every case is different, and some of these steps can be combined when conditions permit.