Multiple Tooth Implants
If you are missing several teeth, a multiple tooth implant is the most reasonable route to restoring your teeth. Whether you are missing only several teeth or an entire row of teeth, a multiple tooth implant can provide you with a radiant smile year-round, requiring the same maintenance as normal teeth. Most procedures are unnoticeable to people, giving a real-teeth smile. These procedures have been around since 1951, formed by the same group of doctors who would later form the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the AAID, to share their knowledge of implantology. This became the first organization to be dedicated to advanced implant dentistry and has played a helping hand in the success of other types of procedures. Due to the AAID, you now have a handful of options available to you for a dental implant. Our dental office, Joe Radakovich DMD, invests in multiple techniques to help provide you with the best oral care and radiant smile.
Traditional Dental Implant
There are several different dental implants on the market, each varying slightly in how it is performed. A traditional dental implant is called an endosteal implant and it is one of the oldest procedures when it comes to dental implants. It requires us to place a surgical fixture inside your jawbone. This is an individual surgery, where a fixture must be placed into each slot that is missing a tooth. The fixture fuses with your jawbone naturally, acting as a natural root for your new prosthetic teeth. This is the closest you get to a natural tooth since it is both stable and does not interfere with the adjacent teeth. A crown is then placed on top of each fixture and cemented. Due to advancements in oral technology, the success rate for dental implants, according to the American Dental Association, is close to 98 percent.
All-on-4® Treatment Concept
If you have suffered from severe periodontitis, also known as gum disease, or had teeth with severe decay, our team may recommend an alternative to endosteal implants. An All-on-4 treatment requires less invasive surgery, allowing us to restore a full set of missing teeth without running the risk of the procedure failing. An All-on-4 implant uses four to six anchors that are strategically placed in your mouth and a set of dentures is attached. These dentures, unlike traditional ones, do not come out of your mouth. They act as a set of regular teeth would and it is nearly unrecognizable to most people as a set of dentures. This technique allows us to avoid weak spots in your gum tissue formed from severe decay or gum disease, giving you a significantly higher rate of successful implementation.
A dental bridge is the last dental procedure that may be used for missing teeth. If you have several teeth missing in a row, a dental bridge may be the best course of action. This procedure usually requires us to use the adjacent teeth on both sides of the bridge to help secure it. A crown is cemented to the abutment teeth, giving you a stable set of teeth. If you have issues with the adjacent teeth, this procedure will likely not be an option for you.
Our team wants to help provide you with the best dental care, including helping return your radiant smile. If you think a dental implant or bridge is the best route for you, contact our Joe Radakovich DMD office today at (503) 455-4673 to schedule an appointment. We will examine your teeth and help guide you to the best treatment plan.