If missing teeth are in single locations throughout the mouth, multiple implants are treated in the same way a single implant would be—each implant is set in the jaw individually, topped with a functional temporary replacement the same day, and given a permanent crown when the post has fully bonded with the surrounding bone.
If multiple adjacent teeth are missing, two or more implants can be set to support a fixed bridge. This alternative to partial removable dentures or traditional fixed bridges that rely on the support of adjacent teeth is superior in many respects. The implants prevent the resorption of bone, leading to a better overall appearance, and patients can eat all kinds of foods once the implants have fully healed. Anchoring a bridge to implants rather than other teeth also avoids the need to damage adjacent teeth by grinding them down to place a bridge.