There are many ads on TV and elsewhere right now that offer dental implants. They don’t really explain what they are, however. Dental implant placement is a highly specialized and superior method of tooth replacement, much more desirable than dentures or partials.
Can a Dental Implant Improve My Smile?
The dental implant itself is a titanium post that replaces the root of an extracted tooth and is surgically positioned by Dr. Fernandez into the jawbone beneath the gum line. The titanium implant actually fuses to your bones and actually becomes an integral part of the jawbone itself.
Once you’ve healed from the implant surgery, a dental crown is then placed on top of the implant.
What Are The Benefits of a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are an excellent way to fix your failing or missing teeth. They provide many benefits to you and your smile. Implants will:
- Make sure your dentures never slip or come loose ever again
- Give you back the freedom to enjoy the foods you love
- Be easy to clean just like your natural teeth
- Benefit your overall oral health because they’re not anchored to other teeth
- Function like your natural teeth so no one will even know you’ve had dental work done
- Add to your appearance because your jaw bone will get the stimulation it needs to remain strong through chewing
With other methods of tooth replacement, like dentures, there is a substantial risk of the jaw bone weakening. When that happens, there’s less support for the muscles in your face. This can cause premature wrinkling and sagging.
What Are My Next Steps?
At our dental office in Lakeland, our staff will take state of the art, digital CT scans for the most advanced imagery in planning your procedure. Dr. Fernandez will place custom-fit crowns on your implants once you’ve healed from the placement surgery, normally a few weeks. In just a short period of time, you’ll have a smile that’s as good as—or better than—new, one that restores full bite function and preserves jaw strength. Your crowns are as strong as natural teeth, but if you should experience any cracks or damage, Dr. Fernandez can replace them for you. You shouldn’t need additional surgery once the initial implants are complete.
If you have missing teeth, please call us today to schedule your exam and consultation for dental implant treatment. Time is important to make sure we can give you the most effective results possible and ensure you’ll be smiling and enjoying life for decades to come!