If you’re missing teeth, it can have a significant negative impact on your quality of life. Dental implants are a wonderful solution for replacing missing teeth. In fact, they’re considered the longest-lasting, most reliable option. But what if you’re missing multiple teeth? How many implants can be placed at one time? Here, our team at Napa Family Dental in Albuquerque explores this topic.
Dental implants are small threaded posts, usually made from titanium, that are placed into the jawbone during an oral surgery procedure. Implants actually mimic natural teeth roots and help prevent bone loss over time.
Individuals who are missing just one tooth can replace it with a dental implant and a crown. Unlike a traditional bridge, which requires the removal of enamel, a dental implant preserves the existing tooth structure.
Those who are missing multiple teeth are often concerned about how many implants they’ll need. The good news is that you don’t have to replace every single missing tooth with an implant. Not only could this become expensive, but it’s unnecessary. Patients who are missing all of their teeth can replace a full dental arch on as few as four implants. And in most cases, all necessary implants can be placed during the same surgical visit.
The answer to this question will vary from patient to patient. Every individual has their own unique set of needs and preferences. Here are a few factors your dentist will consider when planning your implant treatment:
After discussing these topics with you, your dentist will be able to design a fully personalized treatment plan to meet your needs. During your consultation, each step will be discussed with you in detail.
Dental implants are versatile and can support a wide range of restorations. Here are the most common implant treatments:
Just because we can place all implants during the same visit doesn’t mean you have to do it this way. Some patients decide to split up treatment for financial reasons. Others may wish to have work completed on one side first, so they can chew normally on the other while they heal. Any of these concerns can be discussed with your dentist during your initial consultation.
If missing teeth is taking a toll on your quality of life, consider what dental implants can do for you. To learn more, schedule an appointment at our Albuquerque practice. Contact us online anytime or give us a call at 505-323-7700.