Ronald C. Kobernick, DDS, MScD, PA
Periodontics
10601 Seminole Blvd, Largo, FL & 111 2nd Avenue NE, St. Petersburg, FL
727-397-8503

Dental Implants: Replacing Several Teeth

Multiple implants, or implant-supported bridges, can replace several missing teeth. Dental implants will replace both your lost natural teeth and at least some of the roots.

Dental implants provide several advantages over other teeth replacement options. In addition to looking and functioning like natural teeth, implant supported bridges replace teeth without involving adjacent natural teeth. Other common treatment for the loss of several teeth, such as fixed bridges or removable partial dentures, is dependent on support from adjacent teeth.  Additionally, many patients find removable partial dentures to be uncomfortable, because they are not “permanent” replacements for missing teeth.  In addition, because implant-supported bridges will replace some or all of your missing tooth roots, bone in the area is preserved. With a fixed bridge or removable partial denture, some of the bone that previously surrounded the tooth roots may begin to resorb (deteriorate). Because dental implants integrate with your jawbone, they maintain the level of bone in the area. 

In the long term, implants are aesthetic, functional and comfortable replacements for missing natural teeth. 

Procedure

During the diagnostic phase, impressions of your teeth are taken, with the resulting models mounted on an articulator, a device that simulates your occlusion (bite), to make certain an implant is the best option to replace the missing tooth. A CT scan is taken to study the site of the proposed implant. The area is evaluated to make certain there is adequate width and length of bone in the area for the implant, and that there are no nerves or other anatomic structures that might be involved with implant placement. A consultation to discuss Dr. Kobernick's findings, clarify the implant procedure, and answer any questions you might have will follow. A surgical guide is created to make certain the implant is placed precisely, in the most optimal position. Thereafter, topical (gel) anesthetic is applied, and local anesthetic is gently placed into the area. The implants, which are made of surgical grade titanium and look like a screw, are placed into the jaw bone in the site of the missing teeth, using digital (immediate) radiographs to be certain of precise placement. Over the next three to six months of healing, the implants and the bone are allowed to integrate (bond together) to form an anchor for your artificial teeth. During this time, temporary tooth replacements can be worn over the implant site.

A second step of the procedure is necessary to uncover the implants and attach extensions. These small metal posts (abutments), complete the foundation on which your new teeth will be placed. Your gums will be allowed to heal several weeks following this procedure.

Finally, replacement teeth called crowns or implant- supported bridges (whichever is most appropriate in your particular clinical situation) will be created by your restorative dentist and attached to the abutments. After a short time, you will experience restored confidence in your smile and your ability to chew and speak.

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