Dental implants may be used to replace a single tooth or multiple missing teeth. Nearly anyone who has lost a single tooth or multiple teeth through injury, gum disease, or other circumstances, can opt for replacement using dental implants. Dental implants offer a closer match to your natural teeth in look, feel, and function than other available options.
Dental Implants for Single Tooth Replacement
When replacing a single tooth, one dental implant is placed at the site of the missing tooth. A titanium post is implanted into the jawbone and after several months, integrates with the bone created a solid foundation. An abutment is used to join the post with the crown. The crown sits securely on top of the abutment, blending into the gum line much like your natural teeth.
Dental Implants for Multiple Missing Teeth
With dental implants for multiple missing teeth, Dr. Mark I. Gutt will first evaluate whether it is best to have an individual replacement at each site of the missing teeth. This would more perfectly recreate your bite function and appearance. The alternative is to use dental implants as an anchor to support a bridge. If there were three missing teeth, for example, three crowns would be joined together to form a bridge. Instead of grinding down the adjacent teeth to have an anchor for the bridge, as is done in the traditional method of placing a bridge, implants would be placed at the first and third crowns. This would allow the middle crown to “float” above the gum line, securing the space of the missing teeth, preserving the bone and ensuring the surrounding teeth do not shift and change the bite.
Dental implants are a safe and effective, long-term alternative for patients wanting to replace missing teeth. Contact our office to learn about dental implants for missing teeth in Miami Beach, FL.