Multiple Missing Teeth – Naples, FL
Saying Goodbye to the Gaps for Good
In the past, traditional restorative methods for replacing missing teeth only included replacing the part of the tooth that is visible. Now, with advancements in dentistry and materials used, dental implants in Naples are becoming the most superior method of treatment available. At Island Coast Dentistry, Dr. Skupny and his team work closely with local specialists who can permanently restore your smile, offering you greater stability and functionality. If you think you might be interested in learning more about dental implants and their many benefits, contact our office to schedule an appointment today!
What Are Some Non-Implant Tooth Replacement Options?
If you are a patient who prefers a non-surgical method to replace your missing teeth, there are still available options for you.
Dental Crown & Bridge
This traditional restoration includes fusing multiple dental crowns together to create a dental bridge. Meant to sit on top of the gums, the outside dental crowns are placed over your healthy, natural teeth that exist on either side of the gap. These teeth must be filed down in order for the crowns to fit properly.
If a dental crown & bridge set up isn’t what you’re interested in, maybe a partial denture can give you the look you desire. Using an acrylic, gum-colored base, artificial teeth will be placed in the areas of your mouth where your natural teeth are missing. Fitting much like a puzzle piece, it snaps into place using clasps that are attached to your healthy teeth.
Maybe you’re missing more than just a few teeth and instead of a partial or crown and bridge restoration, you would rather pursue a full denture. Dr Skupny and his team can create a new smile using the same technique as a partial denture only instead of using clasps, your natural suction will hold it in place. Whether you need a top or bottom denture, or both, you can have the look of a restored smile without the constant worry of accidental slippage.
The Dental Implant Process
While all of the above-mentioned treatments are tried and true solutions that have proven successful over the years, there is only one way you can achieve a permanent, fully restored smile and that is with dental implants. Your dentist in Naples can use titanium posts that mimic your natural tooth root to restore your entire tooth structure. Not only will this give you greater stability, but it stimulates the jawbone and prevents additional teeth from becoming loose and falling out.
With an implant-retained bridge, a specialist will surgically place multiple dental implants into your jawbone and close up the area to allow osseointegration to occur. This means, over the course of 3-6 months, the implants will fuse to the bone and surrounding tissues, creating a solid foundation. Once you’re fully healed, Dr. Skupny will place a custom-made implant bridge on top of your implants, giving you a beautiful, complete smile.
Benefits of Implant-Retained Dental Prosthetics
- Improved oral health by stimulating the jawbone and protecting natural, healthy teeth
- Natural look and feel due to increasing comfort and stability
- No food restrictions because your implant works just like a regular tooth
- No chance for decay
- Easy to clean and maintain
- Can last decades or longer with proper care