Dental implants 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.
Advantages of implants
- They look and act very much like your natural teeth do
- They 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:
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.