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Multiple Dental Implants for Several Missing Teeth
Multiple dental implants are ideal for those missing several teeth, especially in a row. With the loss of multiple teeth, it is crucial to replace the missing teeth in order to prevent bone deterioration and facial structure collapse.
Dental Implants vs. Traditional Dental Bridge
Dental implants are now considered the standard of care for those missing several teeth. Unfortunately, most dentists are not trained in the placement of dental implants. So, the most commonly used solution is a fixed dental bridge (if there are surrounding healthy teeth) or a removable partial (mini-denture) that is held in place by wire clasps that wrap around healthy teeth.
A dental bridge requires filing down the two surrounding healthy teeth so that they may act as anchors for the artificial teeth that are then cemented onto those two surrounding teeth. The damage to the surrounding teeth is permanent.
Further, statistics reveal that these damaged teeth eventually fail due to the stresses placed on them by the bridge. The result is the eventual loss of those teeth and an even longer bridge with an even shorter life span. A removable partial is unstable, uncomfortable and also places wear and stress on remaining healthy teeth.
Multiple dental implants offer a vastly superior solution because they restore the lost roots, probably using fewer implants than you think. It is commonly not necessary to use an implant to replace each tooth. Often three or more teeth can be replaced with only two implants. Plus, the surrounding healthy teeth are unharmed.
Restoring Your Smile
When restoring multiple missing teeth, two or more dental implants are placed. The patient then wears a temporary removable appliance known as a "flipper" that acts as replacement teeth during the healing period. This typically lasts from 4 to 6 months, during which the implants bond securely to the bone. Then, the fixed replacement teeth can be attached and the procedure is complete. In some cases, immediate load implants restored right away can minimize the healing period and avoid the necessity of a flipper.
Approximate cost for 3 teeth - $12,000 to $15,000