Useful information on Dental Implants
Is a dental implant right for you? A dental implant may be the best option for restoring your smile when you have lost or broken a tooth. Learn more about dental implants and when they are right for you.
Dental Implants, What are they?
A dental implant is a post most often made of titanium but sometimes made of zirconia. They serve as a substitute for the root of a natural tooth. The implant post is placed in the jawbone. It is then allowed to fuse to the natural bone. Once this occurs the implant post becomes sturdy and can be used as a foundation for the replacement of the teeth. Implants can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth to support a bridge. Depending on the number of implants they can be used to hold and replace all the teeth or support a denture.
Am I a candidate for Dental Implants?
People of all ages can be a candidate for replacement of missing teeth with dental implants. Whether tooth loss due to decay, disease, injury or a medical condition, dental implants can be a great choice. If you can’t wear dentures comfortably you may be an ideal candidate for dental implants. There are new techniques available using advanced technology where implants can be placed and teeth secured the same day. For denture wearers imagine being able to eat anything you want without the roof of your mouth being covered so you can taste your food. This can be life changing for people who have lost all their teeth and struggle with dentures.
Implant patients must be in good health. Most patients are still candidates even with certain medical conditions but should consult with their dentist. Your dentist will take into consideration your medical and dental health to ensure implants are the right choice for you.
What is the implant procedure like?
Your dentist will review what type of dental implant treatment is right for you. A procedure will be done to place the implant in the jawbone. The jawbone will then be allowed to heal around the implant to hold it firmly in place. The dentist will then complete the process by securing a post onto the implant and place a crown or artificial tooth that resembles you natural teeth.
Does implant placement take a long time?
Once the implant is placed, usually an hour or two, healing can begin. Healing can take three to six months depending on certain factors. If you are a candidate, a temporary tooth or teeth can be placed during the healing phase. Once healed the permanent tooth replacement can usually be completed in two to three weeks.
How do I care for my implant?
You care for your dental implant teeth just as you would your natural teeth. It is important to brush and floss as well as see your dentist every three to six months for dental cleanings to maintain your health. If there are any specific needs for maintaining your dental implants your dentist will let you know.
The right choice
The dental team at Drs. Lerner and Lemongello’s office is available to ensure your comfort and safety and are available to answer any of your concerns. So whether it is for a dental check up, a simple tooth restoration, a smile makeover, dental implants, or complete mouth restorations our team is ready to help you achieve the smile you deserve and the dental heath you want.
Get the beautiful smile you have always dreamed of, make an appointment today! Contact Drs. Lerner and Lemongello for an appointment and information on all dental procedures at 561-627-9000. Visit our website at www.lernerlemongello.com and view our “Smile Gallery” for examples of some of South Florida’s most beautiful smiles.
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