Multiple Missing Teeth
When several teeth are missing, implants can be used to support bridges in order to replace anything from 2 missing teeth, to all the teeth in the jaw. The same principles apply as for a single tooth implant and once the implants have become securely placed in the bone the bridge can be fixed on top. If the teeth have not been extracted yet, it is best to leave them in place if possible, as sometimes the implants can often be placed at the same time as the teeth are extracted and can sometimes lead to better results.
Implants can only be placed where there is adequate bone and this can only be predictably assessed by taking a CT scan. These days, it is not acceptable to place implants without taking a CT scan. We are one of very few Practices who have a CT machine, so the process is quick and convenient. Following assessment, we will discuss the options with you and give you a detailed written report and treatment proposal, which also details the costs. We encourage you to consider all your options to make sure you are comfortable with your decision.
Once the implant has integrated into the jaw bone, the final crown can be secured into place on the implant. Our policy is to follow up all cases for a 12 month period with no additional cost, to make sure there are no problems and to ensure you are happy with the result.
In the case below, 2 implants are used to support a 4-unit bridge (4 teeth) in the top jaw (The patient also had orthodontic treatment and tooth whitening).