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Options For Multiple Dental Implant Restorations

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If you have multiple teeth missing in the mouth and want to invest in reconstruction, then it may be best to speak with your dentist about dental implants. Implants can be used to replace multiple teeth, and in some cases, they can be used to replace all the teeth in the mouth. When it comes to dental implants, you have a few different options for multiple reconstructions. Keep reading to learn about these options.

Singular Implants

Singular dental implants can be used where a single implant is used to replace a single tooth. For example, if you are missing five teeth, then five implants can be secured. These implants can be placed next to one another since the implant root is often narrower than a tooth root. This means that there is often space along the jawline. Sometimes implants can be angled slightly to position them further apart from one another. In this case, your dental surgeon will make sure the abutment or head end of the implant angles in the opposite direction so the crown tooth can be secured straight.

Your dentist will look at jawbone density and other factors when deciding whether or not multiple implants can be secured at the same time. If you want all implants at once, but your bone is soft, then the professional may suggest the placement of a splinted or connected implant be used. These implants are bonded to one another and help to retain stress over a larger surface area. 

Implant-Supported Bridge

A thin bone ridge, poor bone density, or damage to a specific area of the jaw can make it difficult for your dentist to set three or more implant roots in a specific area. In this case, or in the situation where bone grafting is necessary, your dental professional may suggest an implant-supported bridge. This device requires only one or two implant roots to secure three or more teeth. 

Depending on your restoration needs, a traditional bridge type of device will be created with two implant roots affixed with a wide space in the middle. In this case, the pontic or middle tooth will not be connected to the jaw. If you need four replacement teeth. Then two pontic teeth may sit in the middle of the bridge device, or an unattached pontic will sit on either side of the implant attached crown.

Your implant will be designed with your specific health, anatomy, and restoration needs in mind. Make sure to speak with a dental professional like Gregory T Grubba to understand what type of device is best for you.