A dental implant is a fixture prosthesis fused with the jawbone to support dental prostheses, fill the gap made by missing teeth, and prevent bone loss.
Decay, accidents, or periodontal disease can result in tooth loss, leading to people being embarrassed while speaking and smiling. Tooth implants are placed under the gum line to replace the root of missing teeth. These modern replacement solutions work whether you're missing one or multiple teeth.
With today's dental breakthroughs, one, two, and even all of the upper and lower teeth can be replaced through dental implants.
Most people with healthy oral and overall health and strong bone structure can receive dental implants. At The Dentists at North Cypress, an initial evaluation by Dr. Ginger Rome will let you know if you qualify for the dental implant procedure. You might be asked to undertake an x-ray or CT scan to assess bone density. This also helps the doctor observe where the implant is supposed to be placed.
A single-tooth dental implant necessitates multiple surgeries with sufficient healing time in between. The implant is surgically bonded to the jawbone by cutting through the gums. A metal connector is secured to the dental implant when the implant has a tight grip on the bone. A few weeks later, an artificial crown is placed on top of that metal connector for aesthetic and practical reasons.
The only difference between multiple-tooth and single-tooth implants is that they require individual crowns for all teeth or a bridge with multiple crowns. This is an excellent option if you have lost more than one tooth and are looking to restore functionality while avoiding future problems.
Dental implants can be combined with implant-supported dentures or bridges to replace three teeth or an entire arch of teeth.
When used in conjunction with dental bridges, the dental crowns attached to dental implants connect the bridge inside the mouth. Through this, only two dental implants can help replace three or more teeth at a time.
With implant-supported dentures, four to six dental implants can support a full set of dentures. Through this, denture wearers enjoy a near-perfect dental function while speaking, smiling, and eating.
A multiple-tooth implant allows people with several missing teeth or even no teeth to eat as usual. Rather than missing out on eating their favorite dishes, people can eat the foods they want.
Multiple implants mean smile restoration and bone damage and gum recession prevention.
These implants are comfortable to wear and mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. They also eliminate the risk of slipping adjacent teeth.
Caring for a multiple-tooth implant is as easy as caring for natural teeth. As long as you brush, floss, and maintain good oral health, your implant will not face any issues.
Living with multiple missing teeth is not easy. Call us at (281) 664-8100 to book an appointment and check whether you can get your smile back by getting a multiple-tooth implant!