Multiple Tooth Implant
Here at Pine Belt Periodontics, PLLC, we want you to live your best life and not let your teeth stop you from accomplishing just that. However, if you’re missing several teeth, this might seem impossible. With the use of dental implants, we can provide permanent teeth, replacing your removable partial dentures and complete dentures. Also, implants can be used to help stabilize poorly fitting dentures.
Advantages of Implant-Supported Bridges
Teeth replacement options such as fixed bridges or even removable partial dentures might feel convenient, but they have their disadvantages. Implant-supported bridges not only look and work like natural teeth, but they don’t rely on support from surrounding natural teeth. Fixed bridges and removable partial dentures depend on support from surrounding teeth, which can result in additional damage.
On top of this, implant-supported bridges are also able to replace some of the roots of your teeth, which means your jawbone will be better preserved. With the alternative methods (fixed bridge and removable partial denture), the jawbone that used to surround the missing teeth might be resorbed, affecting not only the appearance of your teeth and mouth but also your dental health.
How are Implants Placed?
The first step is to place the implant into your jaw. Implants have the appearance of screws or sometimes cylinders. They are allowed to heal under the gums for two to six months so they can properly bond with the jawbone and create the anchor where your bridge will go. During this time, you can use a temporary tooth over the site of the implant or implants.
The second step might vary depending on your particular situation. If we use one-stage implants, then you won’t require the following step. If we don’t, then you’ll need to schedule a second appointment to make the implants visible by placing abutments.
Finally, your custom bridge will be created and connected to the implants. As always, some steps can be combined on a case by case basis. We will work with you to help you decide what is your best treatment plan for a healthy smile. To get more information about multiple tooth implants, how they’re placed, and to find out if they’re the best option for you, call the experienced professionals here at at (601) 255-9929 today.