Serving Patients in Sarasota, Venice, Bradenton & nearby areas of Florida
Dental implants are used to permanently restore missing teeth. Dental implants replace the root of the tooth and support crowns, bridges and dentures. Ideally, they look so much like natural teeth that after an implant has been placed, it will be indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth.
Losing a tooth, along with making you self-conscious about your smile, can cause many different dental problems, as well as other health problems. The surrounding teeth can drift out of place, gums can become infected, and your jawbone can begin to deteriorate in the space where a tooth once was. Multiple missing teeth often lead to even more complex health issues, such as temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) or craniofacial pain (CFP).
Implant dentistry corrects missing teeth by replacing the missing root with a small, sterile man-made titanium rod that is placed in the upper or lower jawbone and provides a foundation to recreate the missing tooth or teeth. The new crown, bridge or denture mimics the look, function, and feel of natural teeth.
Unlike placing a bridge on natural teeth, we don’t have to worry about decay under the implant crown or bridge. Implants still require excellent home care and regular visits to the dentist but eliminate failure due to decay, which is the main cause of loss of bridges on natural teeth.
Dental implants can be used for a variety of purposes, including:
- Replacing a missing tooth
- Anchoring dental bridges
- Anchoring dentures
- Replacing several missing teeth
- Maintaining the jaw bone
- Providing natural function and esthetics
During the dental implant procedure, local anesthetic will be used to completely numb the entire area the dental implant procedure will affect. If you are especially concerned about the pain or discomfort of the procedure, we can perform your dental implant procedure using IV or oral conscious sedation.
The dental implant procedure usually requires two separate appointments to our office. During the first appointment, the titanium implant and any necessary bone graft material is place in your jawbone. The dental implant will be left there until the bone has integrated around it. This usually takes 4-6 months. On occasion, we can place the titanium or porcelain abutment and temporary crown or bridge at the same appointment.
In situations where teeth have been missing for a longer period of time and jaw bone necessary to support an implant has been lost, we are able to graft and regenerate bone with separate procedures.
While the implant is healing, we like to see the patient every 6-8 weeks to evaluate healing and oral hygiene. After several months, the implant is uncovered and a titanium or custom porcelain abutment is placed into the implant so that there is a structure coming up through the gums from the implant onto which a crown, bridge, or denture is fitted.
This restoration is bonded to the abutment, providing you with a replacement tooth or teeth that look and feel like the rest of your natural teeth.
If you are missing more than one tooth, you can either replace them with dental implants, or anchor a dental bridge to fill the space. When implants are used to anchor partial or full implant dentures you can eat comfortably without messy adhesives, rubbing, or pain.
Click the links for more information on :
- Stages of Dental Implant Surgery
- Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
- Advantages of Dental Implants
- Maintaining Your Dental Implants
If you are considering dental implants to correct one or more missing teeth, contact our implant dentists at The Smile Centre in Venice or Sarasota, Florida. During your initial consultation, we will take a CAT scan 3-D image to evaluate height and width of the jawbone and other factors important to placing implants. We are happy to answer your dental implant questions and educate you more about dental implant procedures.