Multiple Tooth Implants

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About This Treatment

Whether you’ve already lost one or more teeth, or have just been told that a tooth needs to be removed, the impact can be devastating. One of the best options modern dentistry offers is dental implant treatment.

At The Dental Implant Institute, we use the latest digital technology to assist in every stage of the dental implant process. During your pre-implant examination, we use a 3D cone beam CT (CBCT) scanner to take a detailed scan of the jaw. This reveals nerves and blood vessels and lets us carefully plan the tooth implant’s placement. Planning like this means there are no surprises during treatment.

The Process

The procedure for multiple tooth implants is somewhat similar to that for a single tooth implant but involves replacing several teeth, which can be adjacent or non-adjacent. Here's a general guideline:

Consultation and Planning

  1. Initial Consultation:
    • Dental and medical history review.
    • Examining oral health, which may include X-rays or 3D scans.
    • Discussion about options, expectations, and treatment plan.
  2. Treatment Planning:
    • Deciding on the number and location of implants needed.
    • Assessing bone quality and determining if bone grafting is required.

Pre-Procedural Steps

  1. Tooth Extractions:

    • Removal of any remaining damaged teeth.
    • Allowing time for healing and bone stabilization.
  2. Bone Grafting (if necessary):

    • Strengthening the jawbone to ensure it can support the implants.
    • Undergoing a healing period before implant surgery.

Implant Surgery

  1. Implant Placement:
    • Administering anesthesia or sedation.
    • Placing implants in the jawbone through a surgical procedure.
    • Waiting for osseointegration, wherein the bone grows around the implant. This may take a few weeks to several months.

Prosthetic Phase

  1. Abutment Placement:

    • Once osseointegration is confirmed, placing the abutment (connector) on top of the implants.
    • Healing and shaping of gum tissue may require a few additional weeks.
  2. Impressions for Prosthetic:

    • Making impressions or utilizing digital scans of the mouth to fabricate the dental bridge or partial denture.
  3. Attaching the Prosthetic:

    • Securing a fixed bridge or a partial denture to the abutments.
    • Ensuring correct fit, bite, and aesthetic appearance.

Aftercare and Maintenance

  1. Recovery:
    • Following post-procedure instructions to manage pain, swelling, and prevent infection.
  2. Oral Hygiene:
    • Maintaining good oral hygiene through regular brushing, flossing, and possibly using additional tools like interdental brushes or water flossers.
  3. Follow-up Visits:
    • Regular check-ups to ensure the proper function and health of the implants and prosthetics.
    • Periodic cleaning and monitoring by dental professionals.

Long-Term Care

  1. Continuous Care:
    • Ensuring continuous adherence to recommended oral hygiene practices.
    • Possibly replacing the prosthetic component after several years of use, while the implants themselves can last a lifetime with proper care.

Before And After

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Patient Stories

I lost my two front teeth whilst at school and had complications for years. Unfortunately I ended up needing an implant – which I had been avoiding! I wish I had done it sooner. Dr Javier was fantastic and guided me through each stage. He was always contactable to answer any queries or concerns. Very happy with the end result and would recommend.
Sarah Thompson
A great surgery; Dr Javier in particular spent time with me to make sure my new night guards fitted well and were up to the job
Paul Rand
The Dental Implant Institute has been an excellent dentist surgery that I have been attending as a patient for many years. When I was young I didn’t have a pleasant experience with my local dentist on more than one occasion. I found the dentist at The Dental Implant Institute very reassuring and comforting. The management and reception were also very welcoming.
Irene Braswell

FAQs

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In general, a single tooth implant where the patient has good bone quality, the entire treatment can be completed over 5-6 months and requires 4-5 appointments.

Here is a more detailed description of what would happen at each of your appointments for dental implants :

Appointment 1: To determine the appropriate site for the dental implant placement, our dental implant specialists will take x-rays. CT scans can also be prescribed in order to have a better view of the bone where the implant needs to be placed. Impressions of your teeth can also be taken and then so that the dental laboratory can create a customized dental implant restoration. Many dental implant specialists fabricate surgical guides to simplify the placement of the dental implants.

Appointment 2: Our Periodontist, who is the specialist of the bone and gums, places the implant at the site of the missing tooth. The area is made numb and the gum lifted open. Once the dental implant is secured, the gum tissue is sutured back over the dental implant.

Appointment 3: In cases where stitches are required, they will be removed 7 to 10 days later. The area is then left undisturbed for three to six months to allow it to osseointegrate with the bone. If the dental implant is in a visible area of the mouth, a temporary will be fabricated to replace the missing tooth.

Appointment 4: Once the dental implant has been completely integrated with the bone, an impression is taken and sent to the lab to have an implant crown fabricated. Our Specialist uses her cosmetic dental expertise to create the permanent tooth replacement.

Appointment 5: The final implant crown and connectors are attached to the implant root and the dental implant treatment is complete. The crown is adjusted in your mouth so that it feels like your old missing tooth.

Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth. Even the best dental bridges and dentures cannot compare to the look and feel of properly done dental implants. Dental implants are also permanently fixed. If you are looking for the best possible appearance, function and feel, then undertaking dental implant treatment is your best solution.

Our dental implant procedures at The Dental Implant Institute are precisely planned. We usually place dental implants using local anaesthetic. Of course, if you’d prefer, we have a seditionist who can sedate you during the implant treatment to make it a relaxed experience.

The CBCT scan lets us know in advance of dental implant treatment if you don’t have the necessary height and width of bone. In this case, we can augment the bone using a bone graft, which can be done before or at the same time as your cosmetic teeth implant surgery. 

Published clinical research shows that implant supported restorations have been successful for over 30 years with success rates now reaching over 95%.
Dental implants are designed to be permanent but there are many factors that contribute to their longevity. Home care and regular visits to the dentist or specialist are probably the most critical aspects. However, smoking, grinding of the teeth, or too much pressure on the implants can alter their success.
By comparison, research shows that the typical tooth supported bridge lasts from 7-10 years and that partials and complete dentures last an average of only 5 years.

Multiple tooth implant procedures inherently involve a heightened degree of complexity relative to single tooth implants. From the intricacies of strategic planning, which ensures optimal load distribution and aesthetic outcomes, to the potential necessity of simultaneous placement of several implants, the procedure entails a meticulous orchestration of surgical precision and prosthetic mastery. The process may incorporate the use of implant-supported bridges or full-arch solutions, wherein multiple missing teeth are replaced by a series of interconnected crowns supported by a strategic configuration of implants, enhancing both structural integrity and functional efficacy.

Yes, in scenarios where multiple teeth are missing consecutively or throughout the mouth, it is quite common to strategically place multiple implants during a single surgical session. This approach not only streamlines the patient’s surgical experience but also mitigates cumulative recovery durations. The simultaneous placement of multiple implants necessitates an exhaustive pre-operative assessment and planning phase to safeguard optimal spatial distribution, aesthetic congruence, and biomechanical harmony across the dental arch.

Bone quality plays a quintessential role in anchoring dental implants securely, thereby profoundly influencing the long-term success and stability of multiple tooth implants. Adequate bone density and volume are paramount to ensure optimal osseointegration, where the bone fuses with the implant, creating a sturdy foundation for the prosthetic teeth. Insufficient bone quality or volume might necessitate adjunctive procedures like bone grafting or sinus lifts to fortify the bone substrate prior to implant placement, ensuring sustainable support for the multiple implants.

While dental implants generally boast a high success rate, potential complications, especially in the context of multiple tooth implants, may encompass implant failure, infection, damage to surrounding structures, and prosthetic complications. A harmonious bite (occlusion) and uniform load distribution are crucial to avoid undue stress on the implants, making accurate placement and prosthetic design pivotal. Regular follow-ups and meticulous oral hygiene are pivotal to monitor implant health, manage any emerging issues promptly, and circumvent complications.

Recovery and aftercare for multiple tooth implants demand an amalgam of diligent oral hygiene, mindful lifestyle considerations, and adherence to prescribed protocols to facilitate optimal healing and implant integration. Given the more expansive surgical scope, post-operative symptoms like swelling, bruising, and discomfort might be more pronounced and potentially protracted relative to single implant surgery. A tailored aftercare regimen, potentially inclusive of specific oral hygiene adjuvants, dietary modifications, and periodic check-ups, will be imperative to navigate the recovery trajectory and ensure the longevity of the multiple implants.

Once fully integrated and restored, multiple tooth implants will not only restore your ability to eat a wide array of foods but also ensure that your speech remains unimpeded. During the initial recovery and adaptation phase, minor modifications in speech or masticatory patterns might be perceived, however, with acclimatization and potential guidance from your dental team, these nuances typically resolve, conferring a functional and aesthetic restoration that harmoniously integrates with your oral milieu.

Expertly designed and meticulously placed multiple tooth implants strive to mirror the aesthetics and function of natural teeth with remarkable fidelity. Contemporary implant prosthetics leverage advanced materials and artisanal laboratory techniques to craft prosthetic teeth that seamlessly emulate the visual and tactile characteristics of natural dentition. Your ability to chew, smile, and interact with confidence is at the forefront of multiple tooth implantology, offering a solution that endeavors to reinstaurate both function and aesthetics with profound authenticity.

Remember to explore these facets further in direct consultation with your implantologist or dental surgeon to understand the specificities and tailored approaches that will sculpt your journey towards restoring your smile with multiple tooth implants.

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