Dental ImplantsWest Palm Beach, FL
Dental implants provide a long-term solution to teeth replacement, and they offer a range of cosmetic, oral health and functional benefits. Here at our cosmetic dentist office, we offer dental implants to patients who are looking for teeth replacement that feels and looks natural and lasts for years.
Whether you are looking to replace a single missing tooth, a small section or an entire row, dental implants might be a viable option, and our team can help you through each step of the process, from the consultation visit to offering follow-up care after treatment is complete.
Dental implants defined
Dental implants are surgical posts that are placed into the jawbone above a missing tooth to serve as a root for the replacement tooth. Whereas traditional dentures rest upon and are supported by the gums, replacement teeth provide a more secure and reliable hold by attaching to the implant. Dental implants look, feel and function similarly to a natural tooth, and they can last for more than 20 years before they need to be replaced. Other treatment benefits include:
- Natural appearance
- Improved oral health
- Preserves bone density
- Increased confidence
- Durable and easy care
Our patients care for their dental implants the same they would natural teeth, which includes brushing, flossing and using mouthwash regularly. We can use dental implants as a way to replace a single missing tooth or a section of missing teeth by attaching either a crown or dental bridge. Full arch replacement might be possible for those who need an entire row of missing teeth replaced.
While the treatment process does involve a surgical procedure, our team is there to oversee each step of treatment and answer any questions the patient has along the way.
What to expect during treatment
Every patient who chooses dental implants for teeth replacement has a unique experience, as we tailor the process to their individual needs and preferences. However, there is a general process that we follow. The first step is to schedule a visit with our team to discuss treatment goals and available treatment options. On the first visit, we will conduct an oral examination and order dental X-rays to determine if any preparation is needed before the implant placement. Since bone loss in the jaw can happen after tooth loss, a bone grafting procedure might be necessary for patients who do not have enough healthy bone density, along with other treatments.
We work hard to get the patient in a good position for successful implant placement within the first few months. Once the mouth is prepared, we can schedule a time for the placement of the implant inside the jaw. A process known as osseointegration, which involves the bone and implant fusing together, must take place and typically takes a couple of months. Afterward, the artificial tooth is attached to complete the dental implant restoration. We also help patients adjust to life with their new teeth.
When to consider dental implants
We encourage anyone who has one or more missing teeth that cause cosmetic, oral health or functional concerns to consider the benefits of dental implants treatment. When compared to other popular forms of teeth replacement, artificial teeth supported by dental implants feel the most natural. Therefore, those who want replacement teeth that look, feel and function almost the same as natural teeth may prefer dental implants treatment. They can also be used to replace a single tooth, several missing teeth or an entire row of missing teeth.
However, dental implants placement does involve a minor surgical procedure, so the ideal patient is willing and able to go through a slightly more invasive process for the best possible form of teeth replacement. As mentioned, we may also recommend dental bone grafting, periodontal disease treatment and other mouth preparations before treatment as well.
The best way to determine if dental implants are the most appropriate form of teeth replacement is for patients to arrange a visit with our team to discuss all treatment options. We can go over the pros and cons of each option, determine if any preparations are needed before implant placement, discuss the cost of dental implants and help patients make the best decision possible.
Aftercare tips for dental implants
Dental implants can last for more than 15 years with proper care, but it is important to follow the care instructions provided to ensure long-term reliability. First and foremost, it is essential to practice good oral hygiene through establishing a consistent daily oral care routine, which includes brushing several times each day, flossing often and using mouthwash as directed.
While there are far fewer food restrictions with dental implants than other replacement options, it is still important to properly protect teeth from damage due to hard or sticky foods. It is also best to avoid foods and drinks high in sugar that can cause enamel erosion to existing natural teeth and periodontal disease. Lastly, it is also important to continue with follow-up visits at our office to ensure that the dental implants remain in good condition and to reduce the risk of oral health concerns. Our team can continue working with you long after dental implants placement to ensure good oral health and an ideal cosmetic appearance for decades to come.
Consult with us
The treatment process begins with a consultation visit, and we encourage you to give us a call if you want to learn more about teeth replacement with dental implants. We can answer any questions you may have about treatment and help you make an informed decision as to whether dental implants are the right form of teeth replacement for you.
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