What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into your jaw to hold a replacement crown or bridge in place. When teeth are missing, the surrounding bone starts to shrink and your jawbone will eventually recede. In order to prevent this from occurring, patients receive an implant. Dental restorations, such as implants, look and feel so natural, that you won’t even know you lost a tooth.
Dental Implant Candidates
Loss of bone density and volume, in the past, has prevented the use of implants. Due to advances in dental technology, many patients now qualify to receive a dental implant. Candidates can receive a bone graft before an implant which will ensure the implant is secure in the jaw. Candidates must take proper care of their teeth including brushing, flossing, and scheduling regular cleanings to be considered for this procedure.
Children are not typically candidates for implants since their teeth have not fully matured. Additionally, patients with underlying conditions such as diabetes and osteoporosis will need to be in good overall medical health before proceeding with implants. Dr. Brown and Dr. Vaughn will be able to determine if you are a candidate during your visit to Implant Dentistry of Florida.
Benefits of Implant Dentistry
Dental implants are regarded as the best solution to missing teeth. Since dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they can prevent bone loss and gum recession that often accompanies bridgework and dentures. More of your own teeth are left untouched, which is an important benefit for your long-term oral health. In addition, dental implants can be beneficial to patients by:
- Enhanced esthetics
- Preservation of adjacent teeth
- Easier eating
- Appear like normal teeth
- Prevent decay
Types of Dental Implants
Dental implants are the single most significant advancement in dentistry in the last 50 year. Stable, comfortable and natural looking and feeling artificial replacements can now replace missing teeth. There are many applications for the use of dental implants including replacing single or multiple teeth. Additionally, if patients have dentures they can be permanently anchored by implants.
Single Tooth Replacement
Traditionally, when a tooth was lost, a fixed bridge was the treatment of choice. With a fixed bridge, the teeth on each side of the missing tooth receive crowns. The missing tooth is connected to the crowns and the fixed bridge is cemented to place. Dental implants now allow you to replace the missing tooth without the need to prepare any other teeth. The implant replaces the missing natural tooth root and the replacement tooth is attached to the implant.
Multiple Tooth Replacement
When many teeth were missing, a partial denture was traditionally the treatment option for patients. Partial dentures are removable and clasp around some remaining teeth. This is often an uncomfortable option. Instead, dental implants can provide a solid foundation for fixed teeth to provide a strong and comfortable alternative.
Full Denture Support
Over 40 million Americans require and suffer with full dentures. Denture adhesives are a billion dollar a year industry trying to solve the problem of loose and slipping dentures. Dental implants can provide a solid foundation to replace loose dentures with teeth that are solid and comfortable, restoring lost confidence.
Dental Implants Procedure
Placing an implant is quite simple. First, Dr. Brown or Dr. Vaughn will drill a small hole into the bone at the location of the missing tooth. Next, they place a titanium alloy screw, the implant, into the prepared site. Then, the implant must heal for 4-5 months. During this time, patients can wear a temporary tooth replacement. Many patients report that they don’t even know the implant is there. After healing is complete, the implant is uncovered with a laser and the final tooth is fabricated. The results look and feel natural. Patients may experience temporary but minor pain which over the counter medication can resolve.
Why Choose Implant Dentistry of Florida?
Dr. Clark Brown has been placing and restoring dental implants since 1982. He is one of the first dentists in the world to become board certified as a Diplomate by the American Board of Oral Implantology / Implant Dentistry. He is also a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, a Diplomate of the American Society of Osseointegration, a Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
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Whether you need to replace one tooth, multiple teeth or all of your teeth, Implant Dentistry of Florida has the knowledge, technology, and experience to provide you with the optimal outcome. If you would like more information about implant dentistry, contact our office today! Call (321) 372-7700 to schedule a consultation today!