28 Dec Is that possible to get a full set of 32 dental implants?
If you’re replacing a single missing tooth, you will need one implant, if you’re replacing a couple of them, you will need some more. However, what about if you are replacing 32 teeth, would you need 32 implants. Cost-wise, if that is the only option, they would be very expensive and not mention, highly time-consuming. Thankfully, that’s not the case. For all your missing teeth to be replaced, you would need a maximum of 4-6 dental implants for each row of teeth. How is that possible? Read on to know more about it.
Full mouth dental implants- the process
There are three components to full mouth dental implants:
- The dental implants, which look like screws or cylinders and are surgically placed into your jaw.
- The set of artificial teeth that look and function like natural teeth.
- Abutments that are inserted into the implants and enable or allow the new teeth to connect to the implants.
In the initial step of the process, a scalpel is used to create and peel back two gum flaps to expose the jawbone and a hole will be drilled there to make room for the implant. After the implant is inserted in the hole a temporary healing cap is screwed on top of the implant to seal the area off from the surrounding oral environment. This is repeated for all the implants.
The two flaps of gum tissue will then be trimmed, re-shaped and positioned back over the jawbone and around the healing cap area of the implants. A few sutures will be placed to hold the gum tissue in place; they will be removed after seven to ten days.
Healing takes time in this process and during the following two to six months, the jawbone and the implants will bond together to form anchors for your new teeth the healing caps would be and the abutments would be attached. Your gums will be allowed to heal for a couple of weeks following this procedure.
Finally, full bridges that are created to replicate your natural teeth will be attached to the abutments and after a short time, your ability to chew and speak normally will be restored and you will be smiling with confidence.
Advantages of full mouth dental implants over traditional dentures
- Dental implants are more durable than dentures
- They are more comfortable and stable and allow you to bite and chew more naturally
- Dental implants are low maintenance; all you need to do is brush and floss regularly
- Dental implants replace some of your tooth roots and by doing this preserve your jawbone
Your dentist will be able to examine and evaluate your oral health and help you decide if dental implants are right for you. If you think you need dental implants, schedule an appointment today.