When patients come to us who are seeking a tooth replacement solution, they’re often under the misconception that the only options available are dentures, partials, and dental bridges. While all of these are great solutions, Tarpon Shores Dental has another suggestion. Dental implants are recommended for those with a sturdy jaw and who need to replace a tooth or multiple teeth. Tarpon Shores Dental works with patients from St. Armands to place and restore dental implants. Call our dental office today to learn more about this procedure or to schedule a consultation so that you can discover if dental implants are an available choice for you.
A dental implant is a tiny, titanium rod that is placed directly into the socket of the missing tooth. The implant acts as an artificial tooth root. The dental implant provides stability for the dental crown we’ll attach later. After it’s been inserted, your bone and gum tissue will fuse with the new root, which will create the foundation for the whole new you! After your dental implantation is complete, we’ll top off the area with a dental crown. Your gum line will appear seamless, and you’ll be able to regain the confidence you lost when your tooth/teeth went missing.
Dental implants can be used to provide the stability your bite needs. Tarpon Shores Dental can use them to create a natural-looking smile for all sorts of patients. Dental implants can:
Not everyone is a candidate to receive dental implants. Our staff can evaluate the status of your jawbone by using modern digital CT-scanning. Smoking, existing gum disease, and other problems can also compromise the success of a dental implant, and these factors will need to be considered before we can move forward. Please provide us with full medical disclosure so the Tarpon Shores Dental staff will be able to consider all aspects of your lifestyle when beginning your dental implant placement.
To replace a single missing tooth, we’ll use what is called an implant-retained crown. This will consist of three basic elements: the implant itself, an all-porcelain crown, and an abutment. The crown will simply attach to the implant via the abutment, which is similar to a small screw. Once this is done, your new tooth will be virtually indistinguishable from your other teeth. We’ll shape and shade the crown to perfectly match your smile, and you can even maintain it by just brushing and flossing.
If you are missing a few teeth in a row, we can actually use implant crowns to create a bridge. Two implant crowns will be placed at either end of the space in your smile, and these will be bonded to prosthetic teeth to close it. This will help restore the appearance of the smile, even out the bite, and also prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of place.
We can even use dental implants to give you a set of dentures that you don’t have to worry about slipping out of place. We’ll design a prosthetic that simply snaps onto multiple dental implants placed in your mouth, and it will have a hold a traditional removable prosthetic simply can’t match. Implant-retained dentures also keep their day one hold for much longer, and they even enable a patient to have a much stronger bite force, allowing them to enjoy a more healthy and varied diet.
This procedure allows us to completely restore four to eight teeth in just one day using a rock-solid implant denture. Four dental implants are positioned strategically around the jaw, and these will hold the new teeth in place. The denture will simply snap onto the top of the implants using ball-shaped joints or a metal bar. With this treatment, you can literally wake up in the morning with an incomplete smile and go to bed with a full set of teeth.