Many Americans suffer tooth loss at any time of their life. This could be due to many reasons, from tooth decay to injury to periodontal disease. While there used to be limited options for people with missing teeth, dental implants are now one of the most widely available and effective options for tooth loss.
A dental implant is a replacement tooth root that helps to improve appearance and provides a stable foundation while also matching your natural tooth color. When a tooth is so badly damaged that it isn’t salvageable, Orlando cosmetic dentist Dr. Elena C. Puig may recommend a dental implant. These advanced restorations can replace a damaged or lost tooth, or act as a support for a bridge or denture to restore multiple missing teeth.
Dental implants offer many unique benefits to your health and comfort. If you are missing teeth and need to replace them, choose dental implants from Dynamic Smile Design!Request My Appointment
Dental implants don’t just replace a missing tooth. They have many other benefits as well, including:
The first step to obtaining dental implants is to contact our team at Dynamic Smile Design and determine if you are a good candidate. People who need dental implants usually have:
Many patients are good candidates for dental implants, there are some cases where dental implants are not recommended:
The dental implant process consists of several steps. First, a treatment plan is devised with a clear vision of the restored smile, consisting of an initial consultation, and a comprehensive examination, usually consisting of X-rays and going over the options to develop a plan for the implant surgery.
Prior to the procedure, your mouth is numbed with a local anesthetic, and an incision is made in your gums to place the tooth root implant into the jawbone in the location of the missing tooth. If the tooth remains, it is removed from the implant site, and a titanium post is placed into the jawbone to act as a “root” for your new tooth. After the procedure, the gums are closed over the implant.
Between the first appointment and the next, you recover at home and come back within a few months, allowing the bone to grow around the implant. After the next appointment, an abutment is attached to the implant, which is a connecting piece that supports the top of the tooth. Finally, the top of the tooth, a natural-looking dental crown, is customized by Dr. Puig by making an impression of your teeth.
Each stage of treatment is either performed in our Orlando dental office or in the office of a recommended specialist, typically an oral surgeon or periodontist. Each step is spaced out from the last, first to allow the implant to fuse with the bone in your jaw, and second for your gum to heal around the implant site. Once the implant and post have been placed and are stable, the crown will be attached to create a “tooth” that is strong, durable, and indistinguishable from your other teeth.
The entire process can take just one session or can take a number of months, depending on the nature of the patient and their individual needs.
If you need replacement teeth, we invite you to learn more about dental implants at a consultation. Dr. Puig will be happy to answer your questions and explain your options. She is qualified to offer dental implant restorations to replace single teeth and to secure dentures, partials, and bridges.
Dental implants have been used extensively for many years and are a natural-looking, durable solution for missing teeth. Many traditional denture wearers have switched to implant supported dentures because it gives them back the control and convenience they had with their natural teeth.
Want a dental implant consultation? Contact our office for an appointment, and Dr. Puig will help you figure out if dental implants are right for you.