When patients visit Coastal Jaw Surgery, they know that they are in great hands. Our team of advanced dental care specialists are among the finest in the Tampa area, and we have achieved excellent results when it comes to placing dental implants to address problems with missing teeth.
Let’s take a moment right now to consider how dental implants can be used to treat a single missing tooth as well as multiple missing teeth.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into the jawbone and gum tissue of a tooth gap. After a healing period has been allowed to pass, the dental implants will fuse with the living tissues of the mouth. In essence, the dental implants become like natural tooth roots, and they can be used to support restorations for people missing a single tooth or multiple teeth.
Dental implants will offer a great degree of stability for dental appliances, meaning that they will not slip out of place when speaking or eating. In addition, the dental implants give you bone and gum tissue something to anchor around, which means that implant dentistry effectively prevents cases of bone loss and gum recession following the loss of a tooth.
Dental Implants for Single-Tooth Replacement
When a dental implant is used for single-tooth replacement, it is secured into the jawbone and gum tissue in the tooth gap. If there are multiple individual teeth that need to be replaced in different parts of the mouth, single dental implant can be placed in each gap as needed.
Implant-Supported Dental Crowns
When it comes to single-tooth replacement with dental implants, this will generally involve the use of an implant-supported dental crown. The dental crown is custom-crafted for optimal fit, function, and appearance, allowing a patient to bite, chew, and smile with renewed confidence.
Dental Implants for Multiple Missing Teeth
When a patient is missing many teeth in a row, it’s generally not a good idea to place multiple implant-supported crowns. Instead, a dentist may recommend a dental bridge or a denture supported by dental implants. This will allow the appliance to be properly braced around the remaining gum tissue while also being supported by implants.
Implant-Supported Dental Bridges
Implant-supported dental bridges are best when a patient is missing a few teeth in a raw. The bridge will be supported by one or more dental implants, typically not exceeding two or three. The number of implants necessary will depend on the extent of the tooth loss that needs to be treated.
As with the implant-supported crowns, the bridges will be custom-crafted at a dental lab for optimal function and the best cosmetic results possible.
For major tooth loss, the use of partial or full dentures supported by dental implants is most ideal. Implant-supported dentures will restore your ability to smile and chew while also preventing issues with facial aesthetics around the lips and cheeks.
To support partial dentures and full dentures, an oral surgeon may place multiple dental implants. While great results can be achieved simply by placing four dental implants to support the denture, more may be required depending on the nature of the patient’s tooth loss and existing tissue in place.
Learn More About Implant Dentistry
If you would like to learn more about dental implants and how they can help you have a healthy and beautiful smile, we encourage you to contact our advanced dental care and oral surgery center today. The team at Coastal Jaw Surgery will work with you to help replace your missing teeth.
Call us today at 1-800-NEW-LOOK (Outside Florida: 727-877-0011) to learn more about the cost of dental implants or use the contact form below to reach out to us. We have locations in Palm Harbor, Trinity, and Spring Hill for your convenience.