Multiple Tooth Implants
Oral Surgeon Virginia Beach, VA
Just as with one damaged or missing tooth, implant dentistry can also help in treating several missing teeth. They have many advantages over fixed bridges and partial dentures, which can be seen as the sole reason for their increasing popularity. In addition to functioning and looking like natural teeth, dental implants can also help ward off periodontal disorders to help maintain a healthier oral profile.
Unlike fixed dental bridges or removable dentures, dental implants do not rely on support from adjacent teeth. They do not tend to slip and there is no fear of them falling out when eating, speaking, or participating in physical activities. Implant dentistry incorporates advanced knowledge and technology in order to carry out restoration procedures, and at Rai Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, we are dedicated to providing the best care to our patients.
Benefits of Multiple Tooth Implant
Since multiple tooth implants replace some of your tooth roots as well, the underlying jaw bone is preserved and will receive the necessary stimulation from the implant itself. This will avoid the jaw bone from receding which could lead to a collapsed, unattractive smile.
Besides reinstating normal teeth function, dental implants can also retain your natural bite force and ability to smile. By preserving and stimulating the underlying jawbone, they can help in maintaining your natural way of smiling and talking.
Maintaining dental implants is easy and cost-effective compared to alternative restorative procedures like removable dentures and permanent bridges. There is no need to remove them for cleaning as regular brushing and flossing is more than sufficient to take care of your dental implants.
Placement of Dental Implants
If a person is missing several teeth, it is actually possible to cover the gap using a single implant instead of placing an individual implant for each missing tooth. This process is typically covered using three components: the implants, the artificial teeth, and abutments.
After you are cleared for the surgery, the surgeon will use a scalpel to peel back or make an incision in the gum flaps to expose the jawbone underneath. Using surgical equipment, a titanium screw will be placed on either side of the gap to make room for the implant. Once the implant is inserted, a temporary healing cap will be placed over the implant to ensure there is minimal contact with adjacent teeth.
Once the implant settles in, the two gum flaps will be surgically shaped and positioned back over the bone. It could take another four to six months for the bone to fuse with the implant, after which the healing caps will be removed and abutments will be attached to the implant. Last but not the least, the artificial teeth or bridge will be connected to the abutments.
We at Rai Oral Surgery & Dental Implants can make sure that your restorative surgery goes as planned and help you through each stage of the surgery optimally. For more information on multiple dental implants or to book an appointment over the phone, please call us at (757) 777-9883, today.