Is it Safe to Have Multiple Dental Implants Placed at the Same Time?

Is it Safe to Have Multiple Dental Implants Placed at the Same Time?

If you’re missing teeth, dental implants are a great way to go. Dental implants are permanent, they perform just like natural teeth, and they’re easy to care for. So, if you’re missing more than one tooth, you may wonder if you can get multiple implants at the same time.

The answer is often yes. However, since every case is different, you’ll need a thorough evaluation before proceeding with treatment.

At Fresh Dental Care, with several locations in the Houston area, we have a large team of highly trained dentists and dental hygienists who provide quality dental care with cutting-edge technology. In this blog, they explain more about what implants are and what the process is for getting them.

The basics of dental implants

A dental implant consists of three parts: a post, an abutment, and a crown.

The post, which is made of titanium, is implanted into the jaw. The abutment is secured to the top of the post, and the crown is attached to the abutment. The crown — which is usually made of porcelain — is designed to match your natural teeth in size, shape, and color.

When it comes to the advantages of implants, there are many. For example, they’re permanent. This means they won’t fall out like dentures can. They’re also easy to care for. You just brush and floss them like you do your natural teeth.

The consultation 

Preparing for multiple dental implants begins with a consultation with us, where we determine if you’re a suitable candidate for the procedure. We'll consider a number of factors, such as your overall health, the position of your missing teeth, and how many implants you'll need.

We’ll also go over your medical history, including any pre-existing conditions or medications you may be taking, as well as your lifestyle, to determine if anything affects your suitability for the surgery. For example, if you’re a smoker, we'll likely advise you to quit before undergoing surgery, because smoking can hinder the healing process.

If, after your evaluation, we find you to be a suitable candidate for implants, we’ll discuss your next steps and help you prepare.

The procedure 

First, we’ll administer local or general anesthesia to keep you comfortable. Then, we’ll make incisions in the areas of your gums where the titanium posts will be placed.

After the posts are implanted, it will take several months for them to fuse with the bone tissue in your jaw. In the meantime, we’ll install temporary crowns or dentures. 

When we've determined that your implants have fully fused with your jawbone, we'll attach the abutments to each post, and then we’ll secure your permanent crowns to each abutment.

The aftercare

We'll give you detailed aftercare instructions, which you’ll need to follow carefully. For example, we’ll give you pain medication, and you’ll need to take it exactly as prescribed to stay as pain-free as possible. 

We’ll also likely recommend eating soft foods for a while and adding tougher foods as time goes. You’ll also need to clean the implant sites as directed by our team.

If you’d like to get dental implants, or if you'd like to learn more about them, contact Fresh Dental Care to schedule an appointment today.

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