When looking to replace several missing teeth, multiple teeth implants has many advantages over more traditional option such as bridges and dentures.
Bridges rely on us grinding down adjacent healthy teeth to replace the missing teeth. This is obviously destructive and compromises the health of the teeth that have been reduced to accommodate the bridge. Dentures place pressure on the gums and bone causing the jaw bone to erode over time and can lead to a ‘sunken’ or ‘hollow’ appearance of the face.
Dental implants do not require us to damage the adjacent teeth and they also help preserve the jaw bone, very much like your natural teeth.
Often when you have missing teeth at the back of the mouth, bridges cannot be placed and dentures are very unstable leading to soreness and inability to chew certain foods.
Dental implants, whether it be full mouth implants or multiple teeth implants will give you back the confidence to eat, speak and socialise without fear of embarrassment as they allow us to fix the teeth into your jaw so they look and feel just like your natural teeth.
This gentleman attended with a failed post crown, and a broken central tooth that was severely infected. We removed the infected teeth, placed two implants, whitened the remaining teeth and successfully restored his smile.
This gentleman had very broken down front teeth with a bridge that kept falling out. We removed the infected roots, places 2 dental implants and a 3-unit bridge. The teeth were polished and the health of the gums was improved with regular visits to our hygienist.
This patient came to see us as a long time denture wearer. He had lost his front teeth many years previously. We placed 2 implants and a 4-unit bridge to replace his lost teeth, his confidence and his smile.
This patient had worn a partial denture for a long time, having lost teeth due to an accident many years ago. We replaced 4 teeth on 2 dental implants to restore the bite and smile, and more importantly we were able to get rid of the denture.
This gentleman had been losing his teeth over many years and ended up with a 6-unit bridge held on with posts cemented into the roots of his remaining teeth. This bridge was very unstable. We removed the infected roots and placed 3 dental implants and a 6-unit bridge. The patient was delighted with the results.
In areas where there are several teeth missing, we can place implants and a dental bridge across them to replace the teeth. The first stage of dental implant treatment is to ensure the sockets, where the teeth are missing, is drilled at the precise location of the intended teeth so that the bridge can be positioned correctly. This is where the skill and experience of the implant surgeon is paramount. (fig. 1)
A dental implant, which is essentially a cylinder of titanium, is carefully placed in each of the prepared sockets. The main aim during placement of any dental implant is to achieve immediate close contact with the surrounding bone. This creates an initial stability, which over time is enhanced by further growth of bone into microscopic roughnesses on the implant surface. (fig.2)
The body of the implant is a hollow screw onto which we can place a variety of components depending on the needs for that individual case. In this case, where we are replacing several teeth, a post is fitted to each implant, on top of which the bridge is cemented in place. (fig. 3)
Once the posts and bridge are in place, the teeth will feel completely natural to you. Nobody would recognise that these are not your own teeth and with the correct care and diligent oral hygiene practice, this will last a life time. (fig. 4)