Ellen Stirling Dental
for Multiple Implant Treatment in Ellenbrook
At Ellen Stirling Dental. We understand how frustrating it can be to live with a gap in your smile. That is why we offer multiple implant treatments that will give you back the confidence and comfort of a complete set of teeth again. Dental implants are an excellent way to replace missing teeth. The patients we treat with dental implants say that they can’t tell which tooth is their tooth implant as it looks and feels just like natural teeth.
We essentially insert a titanium post under the gums and secure it to the jawbone when we perform dental implants. These dental implants function like tooth roots, providing the stimulation required to maintain healthy jawbone density and gum tissue volume. The supporting tooth structures begin to deteriorate if they are not stimulated. Calcium is a valuable resource that your bones require. If your body believes your jawbone is no longer doing its job, it will draw calcium from it and use it somewhere else in the body. This process is referred to as resorption. Because the tooth provides regular stimulation to the bone, it happens following tooth loss. If the jawbone is not constantly stimulated, the body believes it has lost its purpose.
The body reacts to titanium in the same way it reacts to natural matter. After the implant is in place, the body will begin to deposit bone around it in a process known as osseointegration. It may take time, but it ensures that your implant and new teeth have the same level of stability as your natural teeth. The implant basically acts as a new tooth root for your replacement tooth. From the standpoint of your jawbone, the implant delivers the essential stimulation to suggest the jaws’ usefulness, successfully halting the resorption process.
The size of your jawbone can diminish when the density of the bone deteriorates. This condition is what causes many older people to appear sunken. Aside from normal skin aging, the jawbone has the most influence on how you look as you get older. It is essential to keep it solid and intact for your appearance. Dental implants can help if you have a single tooth or multiple teeth.
Bone grafts are performed to increase bone density in areas of the jaw that have lost bone or need more support. The bone can be taken from somewhere else in the body and surgically bonded with the existing bone in the jaw. A synthetic bone substitute material can also be used.
Bone grafting may be necessary before dental implant surgery if your jawbone is too thin or too soft. When you chew, your mouth exerts tremendous pressure on your bone. If it is not strong enough to support the implant, the surgery will probably fail. An implant can be firmly anchored to the bone with the help of a bone graft.
We recommend consulting with our experienced dentists to determine if you have an adequate bone structure for a multiple dental implant procedure. The initial consultation will let us know whether or not you need bone grafting and what type it should be.
There are always some risks and potential difficulties for the patient or the success of multiple implants, just as there are with any surgery. Careful planning is required to ensure that a patient is healthy enough to undergo oral surgery and heal correctly. However, there are rarely any problems, and when they do occur, they are usually minor and easily resolved. Among the risks are:
- Getting an infection at the implant site. Smoking, having an autoimmune disease and having poor oral hygiene all increase the risk of infection.
- Damage to nearby structures, such as blood vessels and other teeth.
- When an implant is placed too close to a nerve, it is possible for nerve damage to occur, which can cause pain, numbness, or tingling sensations in your natural teeth, gums, lips, or chin.
- Dental implants placed in the upper jaw that protrude into one of the sinus cavities can cause sinus problems.
- The titanium alloy in some dental implants can cause a reaction if the patient is allergic to it.
- The body may reject an implant in rare cases. Symptoms of rejection include swelling, fever, and chills at the implant site.
The surgical procedure typically starts by peeling back two gum flaps using a scalpel to reveal the underlying jawbone. In some circumstances, rather than peeling back the tissue flaps, a small circular incision may be used to gain access to the jawbone. The implant will then be inserted when a hole is bored into the jawbone to make room for it. All of the implants will be placed in the same way. Temporary teeth may be worn over the implant locations if necessary. If this is not the case, a temporary healing cap will be placed onto the top of each implant to isolate the inside from the oral environment. The two gum tissue flaps will then be cut, contoured, and reinstalled over the jawbone and over the healing cap of the implant. The gum tissue will be held in place with a few sutures, which will be removed in seven to ten days.
The implants and bone will be allowed to bind together for the next 2-6 months, forming anchors for your new teeth. The implants will subsequently be exposed, the temporary healing caps or temporary teeth will be removed, and the abutments will be attached. Following this surgery, your gums will be allowed to heal for a few weeks.
Last but not least, the crowns created to mimic your natural teeth will be attached to the abutments.
Alternatives to multiple implants include:
- Removable Partial Dentures: A partial removable denture is an option for people who do not want to wear permanent bridges or implants. This type of denture can be used to replace missing teeth. Removable partial dentures are often held in place by the surrounding teeth, which are essentially clenched together. Removable partial dentures are usually used to replace partially missing teeth. Denture placement is a non-invasive procedure, and dentures are often made of acrylic or nylon.
- Full-mouth Dentures: When you’re missing all of your teeth or intend on having all of your remaining teeth extracted due to decay or damage, full-mouth dentures are a great option. You’ll look like you have a complete set of straight teeth with your dentures in place. Dentures are an excellent tooth replacement alternative that allows you to eat more thoroughly than you could with only your gums or severely damaged teeth. However, they don’t chew as well as dental implants or natural teeth, so your diet may be limited.
- Dental Bridges: A bridge consists of one or more artificial teeth, called pontics, which are anchored against the tooth on either side of the gap. Most pontics are made of porcelain, which blends seamlessly with natural teeth. They can, however, also be made of gold. There are four primary types of dental bridges: traditional, cantilever, Maryland, and implant-supported.