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Dental Implants services offered in Coral Gables, FL

If you need to replace one or more missing teeth, dental implants are a wonderful option. Implant dentistry is an area of specialty for Shari A. Witkoff, DMD, who has a dental practice in Coral Gables, Florida. To schedule a dental implant consultation, call the office or request one online today. 

Why is it so important to replace missing teeth?

If you have one or more missing teeth, it can be hard to feel confident about your smile. You might find yourself avoiding smiling around others, which can have a negative impact on your interpersonal connections at work and in social settings. 


Even more importantly, missing teeth can threaten your bone health. Each natural tooth is anchored in the underlying bone tissue. When you chew or bite down, the pressure stimulates that bone, keeping it healthy and strong. 


Losing a tooth means losing that stimulation. This can weaken the connection between teeth and bone, leading to a cascade of additional tooth loss. 


Missing teeth also changes the dynamics of your bite. Your remaining teeth can shift out of position, placing undue pressure on your teeth when you bite and chew. You might even notice changes in your speech patterns as a result of missing teeth. 

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a permanent replacement for missing teeth. Because implants are seated within your bone tissue, they also preserve bone health. 


You can have a single dental implant to replace one tooth, or a system like All-on-4® can replace an entire upper or lower span of missing teeth. Dr. Witkoff explains which approach is the right fit for your needs. 


Individual dental implants consist of a metal post that replaces your natural tooth root. An artificial crown replaces the visible portions of your natural tooth. Some systems use a small connector piece to secure the crown to the post. 


All-on-4 and similar systems use just four upper or lower implanted posts to secure an entire span of false teeth. These systems require less healthy bone tissue than having numerous individual dental implants and are an excellent alternative to dentures. 

What are the steps involved in getting dental implants?

The planning stage is probably the most important part of the process. Advanced imaging determines the exact size and shape of your teeth and the density of your jaw bone. The software uses that information to create your customized treatment plan. 


On the day of your procedure, an injection of local anesthesia prevents you from feeling any discomfort. Dr. Witkoff creates an incision in your gum tissue to access the underlying bone. She then drills a pilot hole to guide the placement of the post. 


Once the post is in place, Dr. Witkoff closes your gums around the post, and a period of healing begins. You return a couple of months later to have the crown attached to the post, completing the dental implant process. 


To learn how dental implants align with your needs and budget, call the office of Shari A. Witkoff or request a consultation online today. 

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