Implant Procedure for Missing Several Teeth
Having dental implants replacing your lost teeth will give you new, unparalleled strength and stability that allows you to eat what you want. It will also preserve your jawbone and facial appearance.
The best option is a “fixed” (non-removable) alternative. Fixed teeth provide a stable, secure solution that lets you eat what you want. Dental implants also preserve your facial appearance and prevent bone loss that would occur if nothing were done.
In the back of the mouth where bite forces are extremely strong, one implant per tooth is the ideal. Although not always required, most patients prefer to have individual teeth rather than an implant bridge for the back teeth. With individual implant crowns, you will be able to floss your teeth normally. With an implant bridge, an easy to use floss threader will have to be used on a daily basis to get under the middle teeth. We will aid you in making the best decision for your particular situation.
In the front of the mouth we may recommend an implant bridge as opposed to individual front teeth implant crowns. The main reason for this is cosmetic. The natural shape of the gums in the “scalloped” shape and those tiny triangles of gum in between the teeth can be created more predictably with a bridge. In Dr. Amin’s office the esthetic outcome of the “pink part,” the gums, is as important as the “white part,” the teeth. Many patients and doctors often neglect the esthetics of the gum contours, which truly makes a tooth look natural. In addition, the bite forces are not as much as the back teeth, so fewer implants can be used.
After the initial examination, you can expect 1-4 additional visits until the final fixed teeth are permanently attached.
In this schematic, when replacing three teeth in the far back of the mouth, a fixed bridge anchored to dental implants is an alternative. Traditional dentures can’t offer the same stability or function.
COURSE OF TREATMENT: PLACING THE FIXED BRIDGE – STEP-BY-STEP
The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. Individual teeth can also be made. Consult our office to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.
1. Before the procedure
Three teeth at the back end of the mouth are missing. The only natural replacement alternatives are implants. The bridge contains all teeth in one piece and is anchored on dental implants.
2. Placing the implants
First, the implants are placed. This is normally done in a single session. A temporary bridge may be placed at the same time, making it possible for you to function like normal almost immediately after leaving the office.
3. Attaching the bridge
The implants need to integrate with the jawbone before the permanent bridge is attached. This is normally done 1-4 months after the implant installation. The time will vary, depending on the teeth affected and the esthetic demands.
4. End result: Dental Implants with teeth
The new bridge will handle all the pressure that your strong, natural back teeth did. You will have a stable and secure solution that will allow you to eat what you want.
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