If you have lost multiple teeth, the functionality and aesthetics of your mouth are greatly reduced. At Treasure Valley Oral & Facial Surgery, Dr. Cole Anderson offers you multiple teeth dental implants, which can replace your missing teeth in the best way possible.
Why Do You Need Multiple Teeth Implants?
Missing teeth do not just mar your smile, but they can also cause a lot of dental health issues. The gap left behind lost teeth can shift the remaining teeth from their correct position, changing your bite and making it difficult to perform oral hygiene.
Additionally, over time, the alveolar ridge will disintegrate since it is no longer needed, which will make your jawbone lose its density and make your face sag.
To address these issues, multiple teeth implants are a very effective option.
Bone Graft for Dental Implants
When a tooth is lost, the alveolar bone supporting it is resorped, resulting in a lower jaw density. People who have low-density jaws are not good candidates for dental implants as the jaw will not be able to support the prosthetics.
However, with a bone graft, dental implant surgery becomes possible.
At Treasure Valley Oral & Facial Surgery, Dr. Cole Anderson may perform a bone grafting procedure to augment the bone in your jaw. This not just makes it suitable for a dental implant surgery but is also better for your overall dental health.
Implant-supported bridges consist of multiple teeth that are supported by dental implants. If you have more than a single missing tooth, these bridges are a suitable choice. They can replace your missing tooth roots and prevent your jaw from losing its bone density.
Implant-supported bridges may use six or eight implants on the upper and lower jaw each to hold the bridge in place. We may include a pontic or an artificial tooth, which is held between two implant-supported crowns. This is a more cost-effective and less invasive procedure than having a dental implant for each missing tooth.
Since this surgery is dependent on many factors, including the bone health of your jaw and how quickly you heal, the process may take several months to complete.
The All on 4 treatment concept is similar to implant-supported bridges but the prosthetic with a full set of teeth is supported by only 4 titanium implants in the upper and lower jaw. This is possible because the two implant posts that are placed near the molars of each jaw are tilted at an angle of 30 to 45 degrees.
This tilt offers more stability to the bridge as the back of the jaw has a denser bone. These implants are longer than other dental implants and often eliminate the need for a bone graft to increase the density in the jaw.
Once the implants are installed, the bridge containing the full set of teeth is fixed to them.
Possible Complications in Multiple Teeth Implant Surgery
Like all surgeries, multiple teeth implant surgery can pose a few risks for some people.
|•||Dental implant surgery can fail in people who smoke. Cigarette smoke can prevent the bone graft from doing its job and results in fibrous tissues that are not strong enough to support an implant. This causes an implant failure.
|•||An implant may also fail if your bite has not been adjusted properly or if the surgical site does not heal properly, resulting in infection.
|•||People who suffer from bruxism or clench their jaws in times of stress may affect osseointegration (the integration of the implant to the jaw bone), resulting in implant failure.
|•||There is also a risk of damaging the alveolar nerve in the lower jaw during the surgery, which can cause numbness or tingling sensation. Doing surgery on the upper jaw can also affect the sinus and nasal cavity resulting in infection.|
However, keep in mind that these instances are very rare at Treasure Valley Oral & Facial Surgery since we are extremely careful about examining your mouth and doing proper surgery.
We understand that living without teeth can be very challenging. At Treasure Valley Oral & Facial Surgery, we offer you dental implant treatments, which is an effective way of getting the most natural looking and functioning replacement teeth. If you are interested in the procedure, call us today at (208) 343-0909 to schedule a consultation with us.