Finding a replacement for the teeth lost is a very important and necessary thing patients must do. Failing to get a missing tooth restored can lead to several drawbacks that are both aesthetic and functional. To help you in this regard, we would recommend the best tooth replacement solution, dental implants.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are the strongest and most highly-preferred tooth restorations. They offer such a high level of stability and strength courtesy of the titanium roots that hold them firmly in the jawbone. The visible tooth will be replaced using a ceramic restoration that will be attached to the metal implant. Together, they form a stable and strong restoration that would last for several years together.
Advantages of choosing dental implants
- Implants are highly strong and stable restorations.
- They are long-lasting. They often last for several years together, provided you take good care of them.
- Implants are life-like in both appearance and functionality. They can be customized to look just like a real tooth. Also, the functionalities of a natural tooth, such as biting and chewing, will be restored.
- If you lose a frontal tooth, your phonetics will change. This can be reversed with the help of an implant as it fills in the gap completely.
- The durability of the ceramic crown is excellent. It would hardly wear with regular oral functions such as biting and chewing food.
Implant placement procedure
The procedure for placing the implant would usually take place over two different consultations. During the first sitting, the dentist will screen your oral cavity and run a few tests to determine the candidacy for implants. Once you qualify, we would go ahead with planning the treatment procedure.
During the implant placement surgery, a titanium stud will be implanted into the jawbone. For this, we will administer local anesthesia to numb the gums, teeth, and jawbone. A small hole will be made in the jawbone and the implant will be inserted in it with high accuracy.
Next, you will be advised a healing period of a few weeks to allow the implant to adhere well to the jawbone. During this time, the cut made on the gums would also heal and cover the implant stud appropriately. On the next consultation, we will attach the crown to the metal implant. This is done using a connecting element called the abutment. Dental adhesives will also be used for the purpose, which will be hardened using a curing light. A bite test ensures the implant is perfectly in position and isn’t negatively affecting the patient’s bite. To enhance the implant’s appearance, it may be polished.
Call us at (813) 661-1600 or schedule an online appointment with Dr. Elizabeth Perez and we’ll be able to guide you further.