As well as being a solution for a single missing tooth, dental implants (small titanium posts placed in the jaw bone with a crown, bridge or denture attached) can be used to replace several missing teeth.
The good news is that in many cases you won't need as many implants as teeth. If you have missing adjacent teeth, one implant can support more than one replacement tooth. A few implants can also be used to support a dental bridge. Having implants that support more than one replacement tooth can make implants more affordable for patients who have lost multiple teeth.
There are several advantages of dental implants compared with other solutions for missing teeth. They look and act very much like your natural teeth do, and are easy to care for with a good dental hygiene routine. Unlike other solutions for multiple missing teeth, implant-supported bridges do not require support from adjacent natural teeth.
The implants also act as a partial replacement to missing tooth roots. A non-implant supported fixed bridge or partial denture does not integrate with the jaw bone that previously surrounded tooth roots. Eventually that bone may begin to resorb, leading to a sunken look and causing unsupported partial dentures to become loose and uncomfortable. Because they integrate with your jaw bone, dental implants help prevent this, keeping the bone healthy.
The procedure for having multiple dental implants fitted is much like having a single dental implant.
- After your initial free implant consultation, during which our implant dentist Patrick Rea will establish whether you are suitable for dental implants and will present you with a personal treatment plan and estimated costings, you will be advised how many implants you need.
- Patrick will place the implants in your jaw under local anaesthetic and will fit a temporary bridge or temporary crowns on top, so you're not left with gaps.
- After a healing period of three to six months to allow the implants to integrate with the bone, your permanent crowns or bridge will be fitted.
Sandown Dental & Implant Clinic offers a four year guarantee for its dental implant treatment (terms & conditions apply).