Multiple Tooth Implants Bellevue
Adult teeth are permanent and should last a lifetime. However, you may lose multiple teeth from gum disease, tooth decay, genetic conditions, or injury. Fortunately, there are numerous tooth replacement options for several missing teeth. Our dentist at Cooley Smiles can replace your missing teeth with multiple dental implants. Let us restore your smile and dental functions with our tooth replacements.
What Are Multiple Tooth Implants?
Multiple tooth implants are prosthetic devices surgically implanted in your jawbone to replace several missing teeth. They comprise screw-like titanium cylinders that act as the root for permanently anchoring tooth replacements. Unlike partial dentures or a dental bridge, your missing teeth do not have to be adjacent to place multiple dental implants. Multiple tooth implants replace individual teeth, making them the ideal tooth replacement option.
Your Multiple Tooth Implant Options
Dental implants can be endosteal or subperiosteal. The difference is how our dentist will surgically implant them in your jawbone. Endosteal dental implants go into your jawbone, while we place subperiosteal implants on or above the jawbone.
If you are missing several teeth, we recommend the All-on-4 Treatment Concept for multiple tooth implants. This tooth replacement option entails placing four, six, or eight dental implants on your jawbone and then fixing an arch or dental bridge with multiple prosthetic teeth on the implants.
The All-on-4 treatment is ideal for replacing missing teeth on the lower or upper jaw. It is the most effective option for restoring lost teeth, as the procedure takes three to five hours to complete.
Benefits of Multiple Tooth Implants
Multiple tooth implants offer numerous advantages to patients with several lost teeth. Unlike removable dentures, dental implants are permanent and do not require the support of adjacent teeth. Our dentist can place them anywhere on your lower or upper jaw. Aside from regular brushing and flossing, multiple tooth implants require minimal maintenance. They are stain-resistant and help restore your bright smile and oral functions.
These tooth replacements prevent tooth misalignment by strengthening your bone structure. They also inhibit your gums from receding and reduce bone loss. With proper care, implants can last over 20 years, with the dental crown exceeding 15 years.
Multiple Tooth Implant Procedure: What to Expect?
Depending on the health of your jawbone and the number of missing teeth, a multiple-tooth implant procedure might require several visits, months apart. Your first visit entails an in-depth dental examination with our dentist. We will inspect your oral health and perform scans and x-rays to determine the number of missing teeth and the condition of your jawbone. Dental implants require a robust jawbone for a successful procedure. You may need bone augmentation or grafting before the implant surgery.
Once we clear you for surgery, our dentist will administer IV sedation or local anesthesia to guarantee your comfort during the procedure. We will then cut a small incision in your gums to insert the implants. After attaching the root implants, we will place temporary teeth on the posts and pre-schedule your next visit as we wait for the implants to fuse with the jawbone.
You do not have to book a second appointment if you qualify for All-on-4 treatment. Our dentist will attach a dental bridge or arch with multiple prosthetic teeth on the implants, allowing you to leave with your tooth replacements in under a few hours. Patients ineligible for All-on-4 treatment may have to come back after several months for their dental restorations.
Caring for Multiple Tooth Dental Implants
Caring for multiple tooth implants can help prevent complications associated with surgery. You may have to take antibiotics to avert the possibility of infection. Avoid drinking hot coffee and foods and risky lifestyle habits, such as smoking, for two to three weeks, as these can slow the healing process.
Patients must avoid strenuous activity after surgery to expedite the healing process. Maintain oral hygiene by brushing and flossing your teeth twice daily. Focus on cleaning below and above the gum lines and between the adjacent teeth. You can also schedule professional dental cleanings to extend the lifespan of your multiple tooth implants.
Common FAQs About Multiple Tooth Implants
You might have several questions or concerns in anticipation of having your missing teeth replaced. Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions we get from our patients.
Are multiple tooth implants permanent?
All dental implants are permanent tooth replacements that mimic your natural teeth. Unlike dentures, they are not removable. Our dentist will surgically fix the implants in your jawbone before placing the artificial teeth on the fused posts.
Who is the ideal candidate for multiple tooth implants?
Anyone with several missing teeth is an ideal candidate for multiple tooth implants. The patient must have a robust jawbone with adequate bone density for a successful procedure. They must also be free from gum disease since this oral condition might lead to complications. The candidate must also commit to follow good oral hygiene practices.
How long does a multiple tooth implant procedure take?
Depending on the patient's oral health, a dental implant procedure might take one appointment or several visits. Patients with deteriorated jawbones might require bone grafting before undergoing implant surgery. Moreover, you may have to pre-schedule a second visit after several months to fit your tooth replacements. Patients eligible for All-on-4 treatment may only need one sitting for dental implant surgery.
Is a multiple tooth implant procedure painful?
A multiple-tooth implant procedure is painless. Depending on your preferences, we may use IV sedation or local anesthesia to guarantee your comfort during the process. While you might experience slight discomfort after the implant procedure, it will wane within a day or two. We will also prescribe antibiotics and pain medications for extra relief.
Does medical insurance cover multiple tooth implants?
Many insurance companies consider dental implants as a cosmetic dentistry procedure. However, you may have to consult your insurer to confirm. Some providers now cover the cost of dental implants after realizing the numerous benefits the tooth replacements offer.
Replace Your Missing Teeth With Multiple Tooth Implants
Multiple tooth implants are the ultimate solution for missing teeth. They are permanent and mimic your natural teeth, helping restore your smile, self-esteem, and dental functions. Our dentist at Cooley Smiles is waiting to have a preliminary meeting with you. Call us at (425) 998-6998 to book an appointment today.