If you have multiple missing teeth, it is important to have them replaced as soon as possible. Dental implants are highly effective and the most natural treatment option available today. Even though dental implants are the most expensive solution, they are also the only solution to help prevent bone loss.
When teeth go missing, the bone begins to deteriorate because the tooth root is gone. Dentures and bridges do not replace the tooth root but dental implants do. There are many more reasons to replace all your missing teeth including:
- Teeth shifting
- Bite problems
- Change in face shape
- Bone deterioration
- Self-esteem issues and embarrassment from a compromised smile
Dental Implants for Multiple Missing Teeth
Dr. D. Bradley Dean is a periodontist in Plano, TX who specializes in the surgical implantation of dental implants. He will work closely with your general dentist throughout the entire process. Both your general dentist and Dr. Dean will need to perform an evaluation and exam of your oral health to determine which type of dental implant is best for you.
The type of dental implants you need will depend on the location of your missing teeth as well as your overall oral health. He will then develop a personalized treatment plan for you that is tailored to your cosmetic goals, dental health concerns, and budget.
Types of Dental Implants for Multiple Missing Teeth
Individual Dental Implants – If you are missing several non-consecutive teeth, then an implant-supported dental crown will be placed for each missing tooth is the best treatment option. Each void will have a dental implant surgically placed by Dr. Dean and restored with a dental crown by your general dentist.
With the latest advances in technology, a crown can be color-matched to blend in with the rest of your natural teeth.
Dental Implant-supported Bridges – If you are missing several consecutive teeth, then an implant-supported dental bridge is the best treatment option. A dental bridge is traditionally secured using prepared adjacent teeth, essentially damaging healthy teeth.
With the use of dental implants, a dental bridge can be permanently secured in place which helps preserve the healthy adjacent teeth. Implant-supported Bridges provide more structural support for the jaw and bite, and need less maintenance compared to traditional bridges.
Implant-supported Dentures – If you are missing an entire row of teeth, either on top or bottom, then implant-supported dentures or All on Four® is recommended. All on Four® dental restorations can be supported by a few strategically placed implants.
Implant-supported dentures are secured with six to eight implants. implant-supported dentures have a 95% or better success rate and an equally high level of patient satisfaction. While this procedure does require a greater initial investment compared to dentures alone, implant-supported dentures offer the best long-term benefits.
Implant-supported dentures also allow patients to enjoy a diet without restriction and eliminates the fear of the denture falling out! To see if this type of restoration, or any other restoration mentioned above, is right for you, schedule a dental exam with Dr. Dean today.
Multiple Dental Implants FAQs
Do you have further questions about multiple dental implants? Continue reading to learn more and to find answers to frequently asked questions in our office.
Can you place 3 dental implants next to each other?
If you want to keep several crowns in place, you can place two or three implants next to one another. Multiple implants in a row may be used to support multiple dental crowns, a dental bridge, or dentures.
How close can dental implants be to each other?
There should be at least 1.5-2mm between the patient’s natural tooth. Each implant is approximately 3mm. Multiple implants may be placed near each other as long as there is enough space between them.
Is the procedure for placing multiple dental implants painful?
The procedure for placing implants is done with the use of local anesthetic to ensure that patients are kept pain free and comfortable throughout the entirety of the surgery. After the implant has been placed and anesthetic has worn off patients may report slight discomfort and tenderness, however this should go away within a few days as your mouth and gums begin to heal.
How long does it take for dental implants to fuse the bone?
In general, it takes about 3-6 months for dental implants to fully fuse to the bone. The process begins during the first two weeks after the implant has been placed and gradually cures over the course of a few months, however, any discomfort is typically gone after the first two weeks.
How long does it take to complete multiple dental implants?
The amount of time it takes to complete multiple dental implants depends on a variety of factors, including the number of implants needed, their specific placement, and how quickly your body heals. On average, the entire process takes anywhere from 6-7 months to complete.
How long after dental implants can I eat normally?
After your dental implant surgery, you should be able to eat normally about seven days later. The transition back to your regular diet should be painless and relatively quick.