If you have missing permanent teeth, dental implants are an excellent replacement option to perfect a flawless smile. At Doral Sedation & Family Dentistry in Doral, Florida, Ramiro Esparragoza, DDS, and Jorge Fornaris, DMD, specialize in advanced implant dentistry. If you’re interested in taking advantage of dental implants, schedule an office visit by phone or online today.
If you lose a permanent tooth, you also eliminate bone stimulation that happens each time you bite down or chew. Without such stimulation, bone in your jaw may slowly wear away, weakening the connection between bone and adjacent teeth.
Missing permanent teeth also makes it difficult to chew well, speak clearly, and feel confident about your smile. If you avoid foods like nuts, seeds, lean proteins, fruits, or vegetables due to missing teeth, your risk of nutritional deficiency increases.
Replacing missing teeth with dental implants restores normal speech function, reduces adjacent teeth shifting, and helps you gain confidence when interacting with other people.
Dental implants offer a long-lasting solution by replacing one or more missing permanent teeth. Individual dental implants replace a single tooth, while systems like All-on-4® secure an entire lower or upper arch of teeth with just four implanted posts.
Dental implants consist of metal posts that replace the root portion of your tooth. Your dentist then attaches a crown, bridge, or dentures to the implants to replace the visible portion of each tooth. They may use a small connector piece, called an abutment, to attach the posts to your new teeth.
Because dental implants require oral surgery, it often takes several office visits to complete the process. But the result is a sturdy, beautiful smile that may last a lifetime*.
Your dentist completes digital imaging and a thorough oral exam to determine the precise shape, size, and alignment of your natural teeth. They use the information gathered to guide crown creation and implant placement. If you have a worn-down jawbone, you might first need a bone grafting procedure before receiving dental implants. You may also require tooth extraction.
During dental implant placement, your dentist creates an incision in your gums to obtain access to the underlying jawbone. They surgically insert dental implants into the bone. Once the metal posts are in the proper position, your dentist closes gum tissue around the posts.
It often takes several months for your gums and bone to fuse to the implanted posts. At that point, you return to Doral Sedation & Family Dentistry, where your dentist secures crowns, bridges, or implant-supported dentures to the posts to complete your dental procedure.
To learn more about dental implants at Doral Sedation & Family Dentistry, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
*Individual results may vary