What are dental implants?
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Because dental implants do not sit on the top of the gums like a bridge or denture, there is no “wiggle,” no clicking, no rubbing. This allows patients to eat and speak properly.
With appropriate placement and good aftercare, dental implants can be a permanent tooth-loss solution. Minimal upkeep: Unlike a dental bridge, implant care does not require special tools. The implant and artificial tooth are just like natural teeth. Brushing, flossing, and routine dental checkups and cleanings can maintain oral health for a lifetime.
Oral Health Support:
Getting a dental implant does not require any reduction or alteration of surrounding teeth. This is ideal due to the preservation of the natural structure. The presence of one or more dental implants in the jawbone also minimizes the bone resorption that typically occurs after tooth loss.
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
What is the dental implant procedure?
A thorough consultation is needed to begin the dental implant process. This appointment includes a discussion about concerns and goals. Our dentists provide the information each patient needs to make the most educated and confident decision about how to replace missing teeth.
Placement of the Implant:
The implant procedure is performed after a local anesthetic is carefully injected into the gums. Patients are comfortable throughout the placement of their dental implant into the jawbone. After the titanium post is situated, the gum tissue is stitched over the area. This allows the implant to sit undisturbed through its healing phase.
The healing phase in which bone tissue grows around the implant post. This can take several months to complete. During this time, patients may be encouraged to eat softer foods to minimize the vibration of chewing through the jawbone.
This occurs once the implant has become fused in the bone. The abutment is a small metal piece that connects the top portion of the implant post with a special crown, bridge, or denture. After the abutment is placed, the gum tissue is stitched around it. This needs to heal for a few weeks.
The final crown, bridge, or denture can be affixed to the implant’s abutment once the gums had healed and strengthened around the abutment. The dentist carefully evaluates bite and appearance before securing the restoration.
What results can dental implants achieve?
Is there recovery from getting dental implants?
Is the dental implant process painful?
If dental implants aren’t right for me, are there alternatives?
What are the risks of the dental implant procedure?
If you would like to know more about dental implant treatment, contact our Pembroke Pines office at (954) 432-4800. We’re happy to schedule a visit for you!