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Multiple Tooth Implants
Lakeworth, TX

Computer rendering of multiple tooth implants at HomeTown Dental at Lake Worth in Lake Worth, TXFor decades, restoring a mouth with multiple missing teeth has been extremely common. The two traditional methods, bridges and dentures, are very capable of restoring missing dentition but have several drawbacks. Bridges require that the two teeth on either side of a missing space be cut down to act as retainers. In addition, if more than two teeth are missing, the space may be too wide for the bridge to traverse while still maintaining proper retention. Partial dentures require clasps to go around stable, unaffected teeth, that must be tightened from time to time to help the prosthesis remain static while chewing. They also must be removed after eating to be cleaned and need to be refined with new acrylic or have teeth replaced on a regular basis. Complete dentures that are only retained by the bony ridges of the jawbone are often loose, uncomfortable, and have to be removed after eating and at night for cleaning as well.

Restoring multiple missing teeth with multiple dental implants replaces the above-stated concerns. Having dental implants serve as the retainers for a bridge prevents having to cut healthy teeth and shortens the span of the bridge to make it more stable for chewing. Multiple dental implants with bridges can replace the need for a denture altogether. Alternatively, multiple implants can be used as a retainer to make it more stable and comfortable. With multiple dental implants, prostheses often do not need to be removed for cleaning or are only removed by a dental professional to be cleaned at the patient’s regular dental cleaning. Come visit us to see if one of these methods could help you have a better smile at HomeTown Dental at Lake Worth.

Multiple Tooth Implant Procedure

To begin the multiple tooth dental implant procedure, the dentist will take a panoramic x-ray of the patient’s head and mouth. This x-ray allows the dentist to determine if there are any oral or facial structures that will prevent the placement of the dental implants. The scan will also show if the dentist needs to augment the bone through bone grafting or guided bone or tissue regeneration. Once the dentist has determined that there are no impediments for dental implant placement, a CT scan or an intra-office CBCT (cone beam computed tomography) scan will be ordered. This scan will be uploaded to a computer program that will show the dentist how dense the bone is, where the implants should be placed, and measurements for placing the dental implants. Next, the dentist will have the dental laboratory prepare a surgical stent based on the scan measurements that will guide the dentist in placing the implants into the desired location of bone.

Multiple Tooth Implant Development

When healing is completed, the implants are then prepared to receive their new restorations. The dentist will either take an impression of the implants using impression coping or will use a digital scanner to record the location of the implants in relation to the other teeth in the mouth. In either case, the final record will be sent to a dental lab for the fabrication of the final restoration. With an implant-supported bridge, the lab will provide custom implant abutments upon which the prosthesis will be secured. These abutments are screwed into the implants with gold screws. Finally, the bridge will either be screwed into or cemented onto the abutments. These bridges will need to be flossed underneath each time the patient eats.

With an implant-supported denture, denture abutments will be screwed into the implants and the denture will be snapped onto the abutments, removed to be cleaned each night. In the case of the All-on-4® Treatment Concept, the final prosthesis is screwed onto the abutments and it is removed twice a year to be cleaned at the patient’s dental appointment. To find out more about how a dental implant, either a single tooth implant or a multiple tooth implant, can help your smile, visit us at HomeTown Dental at Lake Worth. Contact us by phone at (682) 516-3532.
HomeTown Dental at Lake Worth in Lake Worth, TX

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