Depending on where the teeth are missing, there are two options to replace multiple teeth.
If numerous single teeth are missing then an implant can be placed to replace the missing tooth. This can be done in one visit for the implant surgery and also one scan to restore the implant.
If several teeth are missing next to each other then an implant retained bridge can be used to restore the gap. This is where two implants are used either side of the gap to anchor the crowns and provide strength, function and stability.
What is the difference between a conventional bridge and an implant bridge?
A conventional bridge would require us to irreversibly prepare the teeth adjacent to the gap and crown them in order to restore the space. An implant retained bridge does not require us to treat the adjacent teeth.
How many teeth can be replaced by an implant bridge?
This is case and patient dependent. Normally a simple implant bridge would replace 3 teeth. However, between 4-6 single implants can be placed in numerous sites in your upper or lower jaw and these can be used to hold one long bridge that can replace between 10-12 teeth. This is a more demanding treatment plan and will take multiple visits.
If I have implants to replace all of my teeth will I have to go around with no teeth?
In this modern day and age there should never be a reason why you have to go around with no teeth. With proper planning we can give you a simple acrylic denture to wear while your mouth heals, or we can make you a temporary bridge. This does depend on case and patient but will be explained to you during your treatment planning session.