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Implants for Replacing Multiple Teeth
If you have lost multiple teeth, you may be wearing a denture or partial denture. This can be a real burden, potentially causing embarrassment, discomfort and generally having a negative impact on your quality of life.
Did you know you don’t have to eat soft foods or wear dentures for the rest of your life? Implants for multiple missing teeth are a viable and clinically proven alternative to missing teeth.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are small titanium screws that integrate perfectly into your gum tissue, just where the root of your teeth would sit. These are metal screws that are placed in the jawbone and on which one or many artificial teeth can be supported.
Your dental implants will look just like normal teeth. You will still be able to bite and chew normally, and the bone in your jaw will remain intact over time.
Here’s how dental implants work:
The process involves a surgical placement of a titanium screw or screws in the jawbone. The operation is usually carried out using local anaesthetic. Sometimes a sedation drug may be advised to make the patient feel more relaxed. In rare circumstances, general anaesthetic can be used.
- Multiple teeth can be replaced with just a single implant. The implant screw can support a bridge of up to four teeth in a row, each stable and sturdy and guaranteed for life with good hygiene and maintenance.
- Depending on the volume of jawbone, dental implants and abutments can be placed on the same day or over a period of months. The implants will look and feel like your natural teeth. Although there are reports of implants being used immediately to support permanent full arch bridges, the standard and tested protocol is to leave an implant for between three and six months to allow the bone to fuse to it, before it is used to support false teeth or crowns. Implants may be used for a variety of dental restorations. These include dentures, bridges, and single teeth.
- After a period of healing, your implants will be fully integrated and will look, feel and function just like natural teeth.
Am I suitable for dental implants?
At Bobby Chhoker Clinic we like to find a solution for everybody. At your consultation we will assess the best treatment for you. Often patients are told they do not have sufficient bone for implants, but this is something that can be managed at Bobby Chhoker Clinic.
Are dental implants always successful?
The success rate for treatment is high (90 percent). Age is not an important factor although implants are not generally recommended for age under 18 years old.
For long term success, it’s vital that you maintain an excellent standard of oral hygiene and routine visits to check your implant. Smoking can adversely affect the chances of your implant being successful.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- A beautiful, natural smile that is all your own.
- When you lose your natural tooth, your jawbone and surrounding tissues start to disappear over time. When an implant is placed in the jaw, it stimulates the remaining bone to grow and mesh around the metal, along with tiny blood vessels, preventing bone loss. Retained bone density maintains your face structure, preventing a ‘sunken’ look
- Once established, crowns, bridges and dentures can be fixed onto the implants, creating a natural-looking and stable restoration.
- The reassuring knowledge that your implant will last you a lifetime if properly cared for.
- Full function restored, so you can eat, chew and bite as usual, which means greater freedom for you.
- Implants are a natural-looking way to replace missing teeth.
Want to learn more about implants to replace multiple teeth?
Have a missing tooth that you want to replace? Discuss your treatment options with Dr. Bobby Chhoker at his practice in Bondi Junction, Sydney. Dr. Bobby Chhoker has over 20 years of advanced training in implant and cosmetic surgery. Book your consultation today.