If you have missing, decaying, or otherwise damaged teeth, you’ve probably considered some different options for replacing them. One of those options that your dentist has probably suggested is getting dental implants. Dental implants are considered to be a permanent solution for replacing unhealthy or missing teeth and are some of the more popular solutions when compared to temporary alternatives like dentures.
One thing you might consider when looking into dental implants is whether or not you can get more than one at a time. The procedure to install a dental implant is fairly complex and involves advanced surgical techniques, so is it possible to have more than one dental implant installed at once? Find out by reading more down below.
Patients often need to replace multiple teeth and it’s definitely possible to do so during a single dental implant surgery! Attempting to replace a single tooth at a time with implant dentistry could potentially take a lifetime for the patient to heal; not to mention, it’s extremely inefficient.
To speed up the process, skilled dental surgeons have honed surgical techniques over the years to be able to replace multiple teeth (sometimes even a full upper or lower arch of teeth) in a single surgical procedure. Here’s what ArtLab Dentistry has to say about the differences between single and multi tooth dental implants:
“A single unit dental implant, also known as an individual conventional dental implant, is exactly what it sounds like. It is a single tooth assembly intended to replace a single lost tooth. Mechanically, a single unit implant consists of a metal implant (the roots), an abutment, and an artificial tooth or crown that is visible.
Multi-unit implant therapy relies on a limited number of implants to support multiple artificial teeth. Mechanically, a multiple unit assembly consists of a select number of implants and a bridge prosthetic upon which artificial teeth can be attached. The number of teeth can vary based on the patient’s need, from two or more up to as many as a complete arch of 16 teeth for an upper or lower set. For a complete arch of teeth, only four implants are necessary for adequate support.”
Now that you know it is possible to get multiple dental implants installed at once, you might consider your reasons for choosing a multi-tooth dental implant over something easier like dentures. Sarasota Dentistry goes over the reasons to choose multi-tooth dental implants in the following article. Make sure to consider these benefits prior to opting for temporary tooth replacements or you’ll wish you had.
“Multiple teeth dental implants are a great option for several reasons. First, implants play a vital role in restoring the natural beauty of your smile. Your new implant bridge will be custom-fabricated to blend with your smile, and it will sit directly on your gum line. Second, implants are the most stable restorative solution. They will never allow your bridge to slip out of place, so you can enjoy all the foods you love.
Finally, implants have important benefits for your oral health. These restorations can prevent jawbone degeneration, a changing facial structure, and further tooth loss. They also require no alteration to your surrounding teeth.”
The final thing you’ll definitely be curious to know is exactly how much your multi-tooth dental implants are going to cost you. Your health is important but, of course, everyone has their financial limits. So how much will it cost? See what Authority Dental has to say about the pricing of multi-tooth dental implants by reading the following article.
“Generally, multiple tooth implants cost between $3,000 and $30,000, and may even cost more. Replacing two to four teeth with multiple high-quality tooth implants might cost between $6,000 and $10,000, although this estimate may vary based on individual patient circumstances and additional associated costs.
This procedure is typically only performed on patients who have healthy teeth on either side of the open area. The procedure also requires a healthy gumline to hold the implants in place.”
Now that you’re aware of the differences between single and multi-tooth dental implants, their cost, and various reasons to get them, you can properly make a decision on whether dental implants are right for you.
Be sure to consult with the staff at Burke Dental to answer any other questions you may have. Call (703) 978-6000 or schedule an appointment to discuss one-on-one with Dr. James Willis today!