Multiple Tooth Implants in Seattle, WA
Losing multiple teeth can be scary, especially if you don’t know about the varied teeth replacement procedures you can undergo to restore your smile and quality of life. When it comes to missing teeth, you cannot do better than a multiple-tooth implant. Dental implants are considerably better and more durable than dentures and other traditional teeth replacement procedures.
At Pacific Modern Dentistry, we offer several multiple tooth implant procedures, including All-on-4 implants for an entire row of teeth. We provide our clients with endosteal implants placed inside the jawbone and subperiosteal implants placed under the gumline.
What Is a Multiple Tooth Implant Procedure and When Do You Need It?
A multiple-tooth implant, also known as an implant-support bridge, is a type of teeth restoration that involves replacing a section of missing teeth. This procedure involves putting multiple implants and their corresponding abutments to support a dental bridge. This bridge consists of multiple crowns to cover the spaces left behind by multiple missing teeth. It’s a less invasive process than individually implanting each tooth and is more durable than dentures.
This procedure is ideal for people with multiple missing or severely damaged teeth in the same quadrant and row of the mouth. If your teeth are damaged beyond repair, we can provide you with a tooth extraction to remove them and wait for the space to heal before initiating the multiple-tooth implant procedure. The process involves placing two implants on the side of the missing teeth section and attaching a dental bridge atop their abutments.
Who is the Ideal Candidate for Multiple tooth Implants?
The ideal candidate for a multiple-tooth dental implant should have the following:
Why is a Multiple Tooth Implant Better Than Individual Implants and Dentures?
When it comes to teeth replacement procedures for multiple missing teeth, Dr. Jae Seon Kim offers three restorative processes – removable partial dentures, fixed bridges, and multiple tooth implants. While each procedure has its distinct benefits, we will assess your oral health, medical history, and preference before deciding on the procedure.
That said, a multiple-tooth implant is undoubtedly more durable than the other two procedures. It also feels more natural due to the appearance of the crowned bridge and requires significantly less maintenance than a fixed bridge or removable dentures. However, the treatment process can be extensive and cost more.
However, it’s better than getting a separate dental implant for each missing tooth in both rows. It will cost significantly more than getting a multiple-tooth implant, and you will have to undergo surgery multiple times.
You can avoid that by getting a multiple-tooth implant to restore your smile less invasively. You can get multiple implants to support your bridge depending on how many teeth are missing from one row.
Benefits of a Multiple-Tooth Implant Procedure
Multiple tooth implants require an efficient technique and offer many benefits.
What Are the Steps Involved in a Multiple-Tooth Implant Treatment?
This dental implant process involves the following steps:
Conducting an Oral ExaminationFirst, we examine your oral cavity and health, look for signs of infection, get your medical and dental history, and perform a mouth x-ray for a better picture. It helps us come up with a suitable treatment plan.
Attaching the ImplantsWe use a scalpel to cast off your gum flaps and reveal the bone underneath. Alternatively, we make a small cut when the bone level is good and put the implants into the jawbone. If the gum flaps are opened, we suture them and remove the sutures within a week. Then, we cover the implants with a sealing cap to protect them from infections. We allow the implants to heal and fuse with the bone for three to four months.
Placing the AbutmentsOnce the implants have integrated with the bone, we put the abutments on top as a connecting link between the crown and artificial teeth. We might leave the gums to take good shape around the abutments for two to three weeks after the procedure.
Installing the Crowns/Artificial TeethThe last step involves attaching the crowns in a bridge-like arrangement on the abutments. We will guide you on the preventive measures and recovery steps to take so that you can resume everyday life with a mouth full of new teeth.
When Do You Need an All-on-4 Procedure?
At Pacific Modern Dentistry, Dr. Jae Seon Kim also offers the All-on-4® Treatment Concept to clients who have lost an entire row or arch of teeth or have multiple missing teeth and other damaged teeth in the same row. In such an instance, we can perform a tooth extraction procedure to remove the damaged teeth.
Then, we will use the All-on-4 method to install four implants in the strongest parts of your jawbone for a new arch of artificial teeth. The four implants will anchor the arch, offering excellent functionality and aesthetic appeal.
The All-on-4 procedure keeps you from getting a bone grafting procedure as we put the four titanium implants into the thickest part of the jaw. It means that people who were not good candidates for traditional implants due to bone loss can get All-on-4 implants.
The procedure takes two to three hours, and you get your artificial roots and replacement teeth on the same day. You can consult with us for appropriate guidance before the process. Your artificial teeth can last for 20 or more years with proper care.
If you have missing teeth and would like a multiple-tooth implant, call us at (206)284-4505 so that our dentists can guide you!