Multiple Tooth Replacement
Multiple Tooth Replacement
Whether you’ve lost your teeth to injuries, age or an illness, replacement procedures can help you regain full dental function. Thanks to advancements in the field, replacement teeth can look and feel as good your natural teeth. But which procedure is best for you?
Dental replacement options for tooth loss include dentures, bridge placements and dental implants. For a multiple teeth replacement, conventional bridge placement is often not possible. Dental implants enjoy a good success rate and are known to be more comfortable for the patient in the long term.
What are the best multiple teeth replacement options?
When several teeth in a row are missing, placing a conventional bridge is not recommended. A dental bridge puts pressure on the healthy teeth that lie adjacent to the gap. If there are multiple teeth missing, it will put too much strain on the adjacent teeth. Your best replacement options are either removable dentures or dental implants.
Partial dentures or full dentures used to be common. The disadvantage of dentures is their tendency to move or shift when you’re speaking or eating. The fact that the denture can become displaced at inopportune moments makes some people uncomfortable as it can result in slurred speech or embarrassment at the dinner table.
With dental implants, the artificial teeth that you can see are firmly anchored to titanium implants that are fixed to the jawbone. They neither move nor do they put pressure on the adjacent, healthy teeth. So, multiple teeth implants present the most reliable solution for multiple teeth replacement.
Step by step procedure for multiple tooth implants
1. Preparing for the implant procedure
First, you will have a consultation with your dentist who will brief you on the process and explain the benefits as well as the risks. He or she may take some x-rays and see if preparatory treatment needs to be performed, such as a bone graft, or further tooth removal. If your teeth are still present, they may need to be extracted before the time of implant placement. Alternatively, it is often possible to extract the teeth at the same time as implant placement.
2. Implant insertion
The next step is to place the implants. This procedure is done under local anaesthetic, so you won’t feel any pain. Discomfort and swelling after the procedure rarely occurs. If the gap left by your missing teeth is plainly visible, the dentist will put in some temporary artificial teeth so you can go about your life normally until the replacement tooth is placed.
3. Placing the new teeth
A month or two after the implant is inserted, you will be ready to receive your permanent artificial teeth. For multiple teeth, you will receive a ‘bridge’ that is placed on the implants (not to the adjacent teeth). This is a very simple procedure and you should feel no discomfort.
4. The beautiful result
Your new implant supported bridge is not dependent on your healthy teeth, it is supported by the implants which keep it firmly in place. The artificial teeth look, feel and function just like your natural teeth. You will have to maintain an effective dental hygiene routine to keep your gums and teeth in good shape, but your diet does not have to be restricted on account of your teeth. Do still go in for dental check-ups routinely every six months, or as advised.
What does recovery from multiple teeth implants involve?
As local anaesthetics are usually used, recovery is fast and you will be able to drive immediately after your procedure, most patients return to their normal day. The majority of patients do not experience much swelling or discomfort, but you will be prescribed oral painkillers just in case you do. If you have light swelling, this will go down in a day or two.
Why are multiple teeth implants a good idea?
Leaving a gap vacant for too long can lead to your jaw shrinking and gives you an aged appearance. This can be prevented by inserting implants, as these are fixed into the jawbone.
Dental implants are very similar to your natural teeth, both in appearance and in function. Once you have your permanent artificial teeth anchored to the dental implants, you no longer need to restrict your diet on account of your teeth. They can chew with the same strength as your natural teeth.
Since they behave very similar to your natural teeth, many patients have admitted that they often forget that they have artificial teeth. It restores their confidence and refreshes their zest for life.
How much do multiple dental implants cost?
Dental implants are a long term, very effective replacement for missing teeth and the many benefits need to be taken into account when reviewing the cost of this procedure. These artificial teeth with implants act very similar to your real teeth and benefit your daily life.
The prices for dental implants will vary depending on your specific case.
·For 2 or 3 teeth, the price could be anywhere between NZ $11,000 and NZ $13,000
·If you are considering the entire upper jaw or the lower jaw for dental implants, then you can expect costs to go up to NZ $18,000 to NZ $30,000. See All Teeth Replacement for more details.
See Dental Implant Costs for more information on the costs of other implant procedures.
Any additional dental procedures that need to be performed like a bone graft could increase the price.
Can you put more than one tooth on an implant?
Yes, it is not necessarily one implant per tooth. It will depend on your individual case, but your dentist can have two or three teeth anchored to one implant in a bridge form.
Can dental implants be done in one day?
Most, generally, dental implants are carried out on two separate days. The dental implants alone can be inserted in one sitting. Temporary teeth are often then placed onto dental implants to hide the gap until your next visit. Your permanent artificial teeth can then be fixed at the next sitting, after the implants have had sufficient time to settle.
While it varies from one case to the next, a discussion with your implant dentist will reveal the procedure required for your particular case.
Trust the experts
If you want to find out if dental implants are the best option for you, we highly recommend that you choose someone you can trust to do this procedure. At Dental Artistry, we understand the importance of having an experienced team handle this. This is why we have dentists who have been experts in the field for years.
Dr. Sheng Zhang and Dr. Worthington are the inhouse dental implant experts for Dental Artistry. Both are highly respected in the field in New Zealand and Australia.
All procedures under one roof
To make sure you are as comfortable as possible, we have all of our state of the art equipment under one roof. You can have everything from the consultation and preliminary tests, to the procedures and the follow-up visits all in one familiar dental clinic.
At Dental Artistry, we also offer finance options so if it’s the cost you’re concerned about, let’s discuss an option that is attainable for you. We want to start the conversation that’ll turn your oral health around. Give us a call on 095244541 or request an appointment to begin with a consultation and quote.