|Multiple Tooth Implants
Whether you are missing one tooth, or many teeth, Keith A. Boenning, DDS can help with dental implant treatment. We offer some options that can help get your smile back on track for good. Multiple tooth implants typically consist of three components: the implant screws, the abutments, and the restoration. The implant screws are what anchor your restoration to your mouth. The number of screws you need depends on the type of restoration you receive. For each implant screw, we will place an abutment, or support structure that links the screw head to the restoration.
The type of restoration you receive dictates the length and complexity of the procedure. However, most procedures are typically broken down into two surgeries. During the first surgery, we will make multiple incisions into the gum tissue and expose the underlying bone. Next, we will drill tiny holes into the jawbone. This allows us to deeply embed each implant. For a fixed bridge, we usually place one implant for each prosthetic tooth. If this is not possible, we can also suspend a pontic, or false tooth, between two implants. If you are receiving an overdenture, we may place anywhere from 4 to eight implants. Implant-retained dentures require as little as two implants, although more implants will provide greater support.
Once the implants are in place, we will suture the incisions. For the next nine months or so, we need to give the implants time to undergo osseointegration. Osseointegration is the process where the implants fuse to the bone to form a powerful bond. This bond is largely responsible for the success of implants and many of their benefits.
Once osseointegration is complete, we will schedule your second surgery. During this surgery, Dr. Keith A. Boenning will reopen each suture to expose the head of the implant screws. Next, we will attach an abutment to each screw. Once the abutments are in place, we will take an impression of your mouth. This impression will be sent to our dental laboratory, where they will fabricate your multiple tooth restoration. Once the restoration is complete, we will attach it to the implants. In the meantime, we may give you a temporary to protect the implants and restore the function and aesthetics of your smile.
Multiple Tooth Implants Vs. Traditional Restorations
Multiple tooth implants have a number of benefits over traditional restorations. Perhaps the biggest benefit is bone preservation. When you lose your teeth, you lose the physical stimulation your jawbone needs to remain healthy. Over time, your bone will begin to deteriorate. When an implant is in place, it provides the necessary stimulation to prevent atrophy. This preserves your bone structure and provides a more youthful appearance.
Other restorations also require special maintenance, care, and diets. Dentures can even slip out of place or cause discomfort when you speak, laugh, and chew foods. A multiple tooth implant restoration can be treated like your natural teeth. You will be able to eat your favorite foods with confidence and comfort. You will also be able to brush your new teeth as you would your natural ones.
Traditional restorations, like dentures, need to be repaired or replaced at regular intervals. Implants have proven to last for many decades. Under the right care, some implants can even last a lifetime.
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