Multiple Dental Implants
Dental implants offer numerous options for people who wear dentures, have a few missing teeth or are facing tooth loss. For many people, the prospect of getting dental implants is exciting, but confusing. There are many different types of implants, and questions about how they work and how they can replace any number of teeth are common. When several teeth are missing, even if they are not all in the same part of the mouth, multiple dental implants can replace them, but the process is different than it is for replacing all the teeth or missing teeth that are in a row.
At Orangevale Dental, our first job when we meet a new dental implant candidate is to conduct a thorough oral exam and ask questions about the patient’s oral health and general health history. This information is necessary to determine if you are likely to have successful implants. Most healthy people can get implants, but some health problems make it less likely that they will fuse to the jawbone and be accepted by your body. If Dr. Alaswad decides that you are a good candidate for implants, the next step is to formulate a plan.
When many teeth are missing, you will usually get implants that can support short rows of teeth together. For example, if you are toothless and getting full implants, you might get 4 to 8 implants, top and bottom, to support an entire arch of teeth. How many implants you need depends on the type of implants used and your bone structure, as well as how many teeth are missing and where replacement teeth need to go in your mouth.
The entire process of getting implants can take several months. The actual placement of the implants is a surgical procedure, and your mouth must fully heal before the rest of the implant procedure can continue. You may get temporary implants placed right after surgery. Every patient’s implant plan will be different because Dr. Alaswad will customize a plan for you individually.
Though the dental implant procedure is lengthy and more costly than dentures or bridges in the short term, the long-term benefits of dental implants cannot be matched. The implants become a permanent part of your jaw and serve the same purpose for your new teeth as roots do for natural teeth. Dental implants are permanent and non-removable, and you take care of them the same way you care for natural teeth. Having implants also means that you will never need to spend money on adhesives, special cleaners or frequent replacements or adjustments.
If you would like to learn more about dental implants, call Orangevale Dental now to set up a consultation appointment.