Multiple Tooth Implants
Multiple tooth implants, also called an implant-supported bridge, are a good solution for when three or more adjacent teeth are missing. The bridge provides a functional and aesthetic replacement for your natural teeth.
An implant-supported bridge is similar to a regular dental bridge, but it is supported by implants rather than by your surrounding natural teeth.
One implant is placed in the jawbone for each missing tooth. Then porcelain crowns are made and connected to each other to form one piece. This piece is then placed on top of the implant abutment and securely fastened.
The natural look and feel of the porcelain and the stability the implants provide make implant-supported bridges an extremely effective replacement for multiple missing teeth.
In addition, you will benefit from:
- Superior strength: The titanium post and porcelain crown are stronger than your natural teeth
- Durability: Implant can last up to 20 years or more
- Increased chewing efficiency
- Improved speech
- Look and feel like natural teeth
Who is a good candidate for multiple implants?
If the implants will be placed next to natural teeth, the natural teeth and surrounding gums must be healthy. If there is not enough bone to place and support the implants, the supporting bone must be built up using bone augmentation or grafting before the actual implant procedure.
Before any work is done, you will undergo a comprehensive examination which will include a review of your medical and dental histories and X-rays. Impressions will also be made of your teeth and gums so that models can be fabricated.
You may need to have a computed tomography (CT) scan to show where your sinuses and nerves are to ensure implants won’t affect them. A CT scan can also how much bone is available to hold the implants in place.
How do implant-supported bridges work?
The implant post is made of titanium and shaped like a screw. It is anchored into the jawbone through surgery. The bone in your jaw will naturally fuse around the post, making it a permanent part of mouth structure. Generally one implant is placed for each missing tooth.
Abutments, which are cylinders made of titanium, gold or porcelain, are screwed onto the implant once the insertion site has healed. Then, porcelain crowns are fabricated as a single piece and securely fastened to the abutments. These crowns will match the color, size and shape of your natural teeth.
How long is the process to get the implants?
The shortest amount of time for implant-supported bridges is about 5 to 7 months, depending on if they are in the upper or lower jaw. This time frame includes the initial implant surgery, the time it takes for the implant to fuse with natural bone, and the final placement of the bridges. The process can last a year or more if bone needs to be built up first.
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