Implants are the ideal solution for patients who are missing a single tooth or multiple teeth. They can provide long-lasting restorations that look and feel natural.
Dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone by a trained surgeon. They are small, titanium posts that fuse to the bone and act as a replacement tooth root for the missing teeth.
Depending on your individual needs, you and your dentist may choose from many types of dental implants that are available today. We are here to guide you through the process, helping you make an informed decision and a plan that will help you achieve the smile of your dreams. For more information and free consultation, visit https://www.thesarasotadentist.net/dental-implants/.
When a patient loses a tooth, the jawbone that surrounds it begins to deteriorate and the area becomes ineffective as a chewing surface. When a dental implant is used to replace the tooth root, it provides stimulation that stimulates new bone growth in that area and prevents bone loss.
Most people qualify for dental implants if they have healthy gums and enough bone to support the implant. They must also be committed to oral hygiene and regular dental visits.
In some cases, a bone graft is necessary to restore the missing bone before the dental implant can be placed. This graft can be made from human or animal bone, or from a synthetic material.
After the graft is placed, it takes up to six months for the bone to grow around the implant and create a solid base. Then, the dental implant can be placed in that area and a crown can be attached to it.
The most popular implant option is the “traditional” or “endosseous” dental implants. The implants are shaped like the head of a screw, and they’re placed into the bone under the gum line. The implant’s body fuses to the bone as it heals, making it a permanent fixture in the jaw.
This is the only type of treatment that can replace both the upper and lower teeth. In addition, the implant provides a sturdy foundation for a crown or bridge to be anchored to.
There are two basic surgical approaches to placing implants: the first involves a “two-stage” approach where the implant body is placed in the bone while the soft tissue is reflected. A second approach is the “one-stage” surgery where the implant body is placed in the bone, and a permucosal element or abutment is inserted into the top of the implant.
In the end, a tooth-like crown is attached to abutment or the entire implant is removed and replaced with a permanent denture. This method of tooth replacement can be done immediately after surgery for a single tooth or after a short healing period for multiple teeth.
Getting an implant is a lifelong commitment, and the decision you make is one that will affect your comfort, health and appearance for years to come. Our team at Sarasota Family Dentistry can guide you through the process to make sure your dental implant surgery is safe and that your new teeth will last a lifetime.