Are you facing the challenge of one or more missing teeth? Do you need a damaged tooth replaced? Dental implant services can help!
You may think dentures or bridges are your only option for cosmetic dentistry solutions. While these treatment options offer terrific results for many people, you could be an ideal candidate for a state of the art dental implant.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small metal “roots” that are placed in your jaw bone where your tooth root once was. They are placed just beneath your gum line. The bone heals around this dental implant post, securing it in place. Dr. Perry then attaches a dental crown or a prosthetic tooth to the implant. This provides a permanent solution that functions and looks exactly like a natural tooth.
Depending on your unique needs, you may even be able to receive immediate implants. This typically happens when you need to have one or more teeth removed due to periodontal disease or injury. We may be able to place dental implants immediately after your extraction procedure. If you aren’t able to receive immediate implants, it may still be possible to receive immediate implant dentures. This means you could be fitted for a denture prosthesis to begin wearing immediately after tooth extraction. This lets you maintain your smile while you await your permanent dental implants.
Dental implants may also be used to support dentures that replace missing teeth. If you are missing many teeth but your jawbone is strong enough to support implants, an implant supported denture or partial dentures may be the option you need. Unlike traditional dentures, this is a type of overdenture is attached to and supported by dental implants. It is made to look like natural teeth.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants and Implant Treatment?
Dental implants have revolutionized the replacement of missing teeth. They provide an exciting option for patients in need of replacements ranging from one tooth implant to a full mouth. Here are a few of the benefits you get with this treatment option:
- Natural Appearance
- Safe for Adjacent Teeth
- Ease of Care
- Jawbone Stability and Prevention of Bone Loss
Dental implants, crowns or prosthetic teeth offer the longest-lasting solution to tooth loss. This is because the implants fuse with the jawbone, mimicking a tooth root and actually becoming part of the jaw.
Implants sit below the gum line, with only a crown or prosthetic tooth visible on top. Crowns and prosthetics are made with tooth-colored materials that mimic the look of natural teeth. This means you never have to worry about dental implants appearing artificial.
Some tooth replacement options rely on the adjacent teeth to stabilize and support the replacement. Bridges, for example, require support from the adjacent natural teeth and can weaken them over time. Dental implants have no negative impact on nearby teeth.
Implants require regular brushing and flossing, but they will never decay. They can last a lifetime with proper care. Gum disease can be a concern, but regular dental cleanings and exams can prevent this threat. This ensures your dental implants remain in good condition.
When you lose a tooth, the bone beneath it becomes vulnerable and can even begin to melt away. This happens when it loses the stimulation a tooth naturally provides. This can cause a prematurely aged look. Dental implants provide needed stimulation to the bone, making the jawbone more stable.
Dental Implants, Bone Grafting
Are you suffering from bone loss in the area of your jaw where a single tooth or multiple teeth are missing? You may need a bone graft procedure prior to placement of a dental implant. In a bone graft for dental implants procedure, a state of the art bone grafting material is placed on the vulnerable portion of your jaw.
This is to encourage new bone growth that will be strong enough to support an implant. It may take several months for enough new bone to grow. However, the timeline will vary depending upon your unique needs. It is important to wait until your jaw is strong enough for a dental implant procedure so the treatment will be successful.
Dental Implant Services: Dental Implant Restoration
While we do our best to create long-lasting prosthetics, dental implants may need to be restored or replaced. If you’ve had implants placed in the past and they have sustained damage, like chipping or discoloration, our dental services include working with you to craft a restored dental implant. We ensure your new implant will stand the test of time. As a highly-trained dental professional, Dr. Perry is pleased to offer implant solutions like this to assist patients in regaining a confident smile.
If you have questions about dental implant surgery – including things like, “What do dental implants cost near me?” Or “What type of implant procedure is available in Ponte Vedra or Jacksonville Beach?” Give us a call so that we can schedule a consultation. We will provide all the information you need to make an informed decision about dental implant services and treatment planning. We take pride in providing excellent dental care to our patients requiring dental implants Ponte Vedra.