Replacing Multiple Teeth
Multiple Dental Implants: An Overview
Dental implants offer a comprehensive and long-term solution to multiple missing teeth. Periodontal (gum) disease, tooth loss and edentulism (not having any teeth) are pervasive problems that affect the majority of adults entering into their late adulthood. In fact, statistics reveal that a shocking 80% of all Americans suffer from some form or another of periodontal disease and most of them don’t even know that their oral health is at risk! While gum disease is the number one cause for tooth loss, our teeth can also become irreparably damaged, cracked and decayed through a whole host of reasons, some of which we can’t help, such as genetics and chronic illness, and others we can, such as smoking and poor oral hygiene. Whatever the reason behind your missing teeth, dental implants enjoy an incredible success rate in the restoration of both your mouth and smile!
Replacing Multiple Teeth with Dental Implants
No matter how advanced your tooth loss, whether you are missing two, three of even most of your teeth, you need to seek prompt treatment at the MALO Dental Implants Facility. Not only will the etiology of your oral health problems be thoroughly assessed by our staff of incredibly experienced and compassionate dental specialists, you also will soon be able to walk away with new pearly whites that are functional and virtually indistinguishable from natural healthy teeth thanks to our sophisticated technology and dental implant techniques!
Dental implant restorations are – from the tooth root to the crown – used to replace multiple missing teeth. They consist of a titanium metal screw(s) that are carefully placed in the bone tissue of the jaw at the sites of the missing teeth. These tiny screws are used to anchor aesthetically pleasing and fully functional ceramic crowns or bridges. The choice of titanium as the metal from which to fabricate dental implants dates back to important scientific research done by Swedish professor Ingvar Brånemark in the early 1950s. Together with a clinical research team, Professor Brånemark found that titanium displayed a unique property that makes it capable of forming a very strong biological bond with bone! This process is termed ‘osseointegration’ and it is the reason why medical science is able to use titanium to surgically repair and replace bones and joints in the human body! In addition to this unique property, titanium metal is also incredibly strong and non-corrosive, making it the perfect candidate for dental implants.
Dental Implants and the Need for Bone Grafting Surgery
If left untreated, periodontal disease – an acute and chronic bacterial infection of the soft tissues surrounding the teeth – can cause tooth loss and the subsequent atrophy of the bone tissue in the jaw. This often compromises the ability of dental implants to be placed due to the lack of bone volume needed to support a healthy dental implant. In these cases, the oral surgeons at MALO Dental Implants may need to perform bone grafting surgery before dental implants are placed. This augments and encourages the growth of new and healthy bone tissue in the jaw, thus enabling dental implants to be safely and successfully placed. Having said this, we try to avoid having to perform bone grafting owing to the lengthy recovery period it requires before dental implants can be placed. In cases of advanced tooth loss and edentulism (having no teeth at all), complete oral rehabilitation without the need for bone grafting surgery can almost always be achieved with the revolutionary ‘All-on-4’ dental implant technique.
Multiple Dental Implants: A Final Note
According to the Center for Disease Control, a massive 100 million people between the ages of 35 and 44 are already missing one or more of their permanent adult teeth! A further 20 million are completely edentulous. Dental implants are the best possible tooth replacement solution available and can help to completely restore oral health, jaw function and your smile!