Getting Multiple Dental Implants
Historically, the treatment of choice for tooth loss was dentures. But more and more patients are realizing the benefits of multiple teeth dental implants to replace missing teeth. Whether you are missing some, most or all of your teeth, dental implants are the best way to maintain the functionality of your teeth and the appearance of your smile.
Dental implants serve as roots for teeth that are missing. A single crown can be fitted to each implant, or two or more implants can be used to support a bridge or removable dentures.
The placement of multiple dental implants involves several steps. Although the precise process varies depending on the circumstances of each patient, here is a general overview of what you can expect.
1. The implants are surgically placed into the jawbone, where they will fuse with the bone over a period of several weeks.
2. Either at the time of placement of the implants or at a subsequent appointment, an abutment is attached to each implant. The abutment sticks up through the gum tissue, and the end is exposed above the gumline.
3. Once the implant is fused with the bone and the gum tissue is healed around the abutment, the crown, bridge or dentures are attached to the protruding abutment, finalizing the implant procedure.
In addition to the many benefits that accompany single dental implants, those with numerous missing teeth realize even more profound benefits from dental implants. Without teeth to support the jaw, the bone begins to deteriorate, which causes a sagging appearance in the face. Dental implants prevent bone loss, preserving the bone that shapes your smile.
To find out what other benefits dental implants provide, contact our office for a consultation.
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