While many dentists have been replacing missing teeth using dental implant supported restorations for decades, patients are still relatively unfamiliar with this treatment option. Those patients who are missing two or more teeth may need to repair their smiles with several dental implant posts, and this can be even more confusing. Read this post to learn more about restoring your smile with multiple dental implants – the process, the costs, and the benefits. Reach out to a skilled general dentist, oral surgeon, or periodontist to find out more about your dental implant supported tooth replacement options.
How is the Procedure Different?
For the most part, the multiple dental implant placement procedure is the same as placing a single implant. An incision is made in the gum tissue, and a titanium implant post is inserted into the jawbone. However, this is repeated numerous times, depending on the number and position of missing teeth. Once all the implant posts are in place, protective caps are placed over the implantation sites to protect the areas around the posts. These protective caps also maintain the shape of the soft tissue until the implant fuses with the jawbone and the restorations are crafted and attached. Over several months, the dental implants fuse with the gums and jawbone mimicking the lost tooth roots.
How is the Cost Different?
The initial dental implant post will cost between $500 and $1500 on average, but additional implant posts are typically offered at a lower price. Additionally, insurance will usually cover part of the cost of your replacement tooth or teeth, and more dental insurance providers are now offering some coverage for dental implants.
How Many Implants Will I Need?
The number of dental implant posts you need depends on the type of restoration and the size and shape your oral structures. Typically, you can expect the following:
- One implant –used to support one dental crown to replace a tooth, and in some cases, to support two fused together replacement teeth using the same implant
- Two implants – used to support a fixed bridge prosthetic, one placed on each end, and some patients only need two implants to support a small partial denture
- Three or more implants – between three and six dental implant posts are used to support most partial and full dentures
Meet the Dallas Esthetics Team
At Dallas Esthetics, we offer a wide range of tooth replacement solutions including dental implant supported restorations. If you’re missing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or a full row of teeth, call our Dallas dental team to find out more today. We’ll schedule a tooth replacement consultation to review your options, answer your questions, and partner with you to fully restore your smile.