How dental implants can successfully restore your smile

Dental implants continue to improve and are a wonderful way for patients who are missing teeth to restore and repair their smile. Dr. Blanca Fernandez and her team in Lakeland, Florida, place and restore these dental implants and ensure the smile functions and looks its best!

What are dental implants?

Dr. Blanca Fernandez describes dental implants as artificial tooth roots surgically placed into the jawbone to provide a secure foundation for replacement teeth. These implants are made of titanium, which is a strong and lightweight metal that is biocompatible with the body and helps maintain natural bone.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

  • Functionality. Dental implants look, feel, and actually function like natural teeth as they are restored with crowns to match the patient’s existing teeth and smile characteristics.
  • Longevity. Dental implants will last a patient’s lifetime with proper care.
  • Versatility. Dental implants replace one or more missing teeth or support full-mouth reconstruction procedures such as over dentures or bridges. Implant-supported restorations improve chewing ability and enhance the aesthetics of the smile.
  • Improved oral health. Because dental implants are placed into the jawbone, they can maintain natural bone structure and avoid dental bone loss that often occurs after teeth are lost.
  • Confidence. Dental implants allow you to enjoy life’s activities without worrying about your teeth!

Who is a good candidate for quality dental implants?

Good candidates for dental implants include those with healthy gums and adequate bone support in the jaw. Dr. Blanca Fernandez will evaluate your oral health, and general health to determine if you are a proper candidate for these dental implants, and discuss any potential risks or complications associated with the treatment. Dr. Fernandez Uses the latest technology CT scan, which is a three-dimensional image to evaluate the quality and quantity of the bone. If there is not sufficient bone to support an implant, a bone grafting procedure may be required to achieve successful results.

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Blanca Fernandez today!

If you are seeking a durable and reliable solution to replace missing teeth, talk to Dr. Blanca Fernandez of Lakeland, FL, about how dental implants can help restore your smile! The office is conveniently located at 5163 US Highway 98 South and can be reached at (863) 457-1954.


How do I know if I am a good candidate for a dental implant and restoration?

The best candidates for quality dental implants at Highland Dental Clinic are individuals who want to replace one or more teeth and have sufficient jawbone structure to hold the implant in place.

During a consultation appointment, Dr. Blanca Fernandez and her team evaluate patients to determine candidacy. Medical history first, CT scan is the way to evaluate in 3 dimensions frontal, sagittal,and axial views and is often used to assess bone quality and quantity and check to see if the jawbone structure can ensure successful implant placement.

If not, patients who are set on having dental implants placed will want to ask about preparatory procedures to increase the odds of placement, such as bone grafting.

Why do patients choose dental implants to restore missing teeth?

Dental implants have many advantages, making them a popular choice for many patients. These restorations can replace teeth more permanently, allowing for lifelong repair. They are also easy to care for and maintain the natural jawbone structure–which avoids bone resorption that can lead to bone loss and, eventually, tooth loss.

Will my dental implant look natural?

Absolutely! Dr. Blanca Fernandez prides herself in offering dental implants and restorations that look completely natural to restore the smile’s appearance, health, and overall functionality. Dental implant restorations placed over the abutment are made with materials that appear similar to natural tooth enamel for aesthetic repair.

How long will my dental implant last?

When patients take good care of their dental implants and visit Highland Dental Clinic regularly for cleanings and evaluations with Dr. Blanca Fernandez, they can expect their dental implant post to last a lifetime. However, the restorations used over the abutment of the implant may need to be replaced occasionally, depending on wear and tear.

How do I take care of my dental implant to ensure it lasts a lifetime?

Brushing, flossing, and regular appointments with Dr. Blanca Fernandez are the best ways to maintain the longevity of a dental implant over the years. When we evaluate patients for dental implants and other restorations, we discuss ways to keep their restorations functioning at their best and how to enjoy their restorations for many years to come!

Blanca Fernandez, DMD
Blanca Fernandez, DMD

Dr. Blanca Fernandez is a skilled dentist in Lakeland, FL. She studied general dentistry at the Colombian Dental College and studied prosthodontics and received a Master of Science at the Dentistry Foundation of San Martin in Bogota, Colombia. She earned her Doctorate in Dental Medicine at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. With specialized training in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and oral surgery, Dr. Fernandez is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and member of the American Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, West Coast Dental Association, and Polk County Dental Association.