Dental Implants Brandon Fl
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jaw bone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either Dr. Stuckert or by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon referred by our practice. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jaw bone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, dental implants are placed within your jaw bone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jaw bone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the dental implant has bonded to the jaw bone, the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Dr. Stuckert can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The replacement teeth are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.
Dental Implant FAQ
How long does a dental implant procedure take?
The actual placement of 1 implant takes less than an hour appointment. Diagnosing, planning and healing from implant(s) may take several appointments pending on the complexity of the treatment plan.
How long do dental implants last?
With proper care implants have the potential to last a lifetime. Implants need to be cared for just like your natural teeth. Daily brushing, annual check-ups at your Dentist along with cleanings and x-rays are part of the commitment the patient must comply with to be able to achieve a long-lasting successful implant.
Are there any side effects after the implant procedure?
Any medical procedure has potential complications, precautions or side effects. This is always a great question to discuss with your dental provider.
It is important that your Dentist has a full history of your medical condition and overall health to properly answer this question. Most common precautions are limited to the healing phase of the implant(s) with potential restrictions on diet.
Can a dental implant fall out?
Like any medical procedure, dental implants can fail over time. However, this is highly uncommon. Approximately 98% + dental implants are successful long term restorations.
The most common failure of any dental implant is patient non-compliance (patient failing to take proper care of the implant(s) or failing to do follow up in office Dentist care and evaluation of the implants on a regular basis).
Prevention is the most important step in retaining your investment for a lifetime. Many times if a problem starts to occur and is detected early enough, a preventative procedure can be performed to save the implant from loss.