What are dental implants?
Tooth loss affects your confidence, smile, and ability to chew. Together, these affect your quality of life. Dental implants replace your lost teeth and restore your beautiful, healthy smile. Similarly to natural teeth, dental implants act like independent replacement teeth. Also, they are fixed in the upper and/or lower jaw.
Why do I have missing teeth?
Many factors contribute to missing teeth. However, the leading causes are:
1) excessive decay and breakdown of teeth,
2) gum disease,
3) trauma to the teeth, and
4) tooth defects present from birth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
- Smile Enhancement: Dental implants are placed in the surrounding bone and gums. A dental crown is placed onto the dental implant. It emerges from the bone and gums just like a natural tooth. No one will ever know!
- Facial Features Maintenance: When a tooth is lost and not replaced with a dental implant, the supporting bone decays. Therefore, missing teeth changes facial features. When dental implants are placed in the bone, they stimulate it. Therefore, dental implants help maintain your natural facial appearance by maintaining proper bone levels.
- Remaining Healthy Teeth Are Preserved: Other cosmetic dentistry procedures like bridges require attachment to adjacent teeth. For this cosmetic procedure, some of the healthy tooth is removed. Dental implants are independent and do not require other teeth for support. Therefore, with dental implants, the good, healthy teeth surrounding the implant are preserved.
- Easier Eating and Chewing: When the bone around missing teeth shrinks, chewing is reduced. Therefore, eating certain foods is difficult. Dental implants restore your ability to chew difficult foods just like natural teeth. This allows patients to eat their favorite foods with confidence and without discomfort.
- Long-Lasting: With proper maintenance and care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
- A Denture Alternative: With dental implants, you eliminate dentures slipping when eating and talking. Also, you do not have to remove the denture at night.
Am I candidate for dental implants?
Above all, almost anyone is a candidate! Call us today to schedule a consultation about dental implants.
What does a dental implant look like?
A dental implant contains the following three parts:
1) the artificial tooth root made of titanium
2) the connector portion called the abutment, and
3) the tooth replacement structure.
The root portion of the dental implant is surgically placed into the jawbone. This portion supports the tooth-replacement structures such as crowns, bridges and dentures. The tooth and the dental implant are connected through the abutment. Together, all parts act like an independently functioning natural tooth.
What are same day dental implants and am I candidate?
Additionally, we offer same day dental implants. These are all called “teeth in a day.” However, same day dental implants are reserved for patients that have adequate bone and tissue. Call our office to schedule an appointment to see if you’re a candidate!
How long does it take to get a dental implant?
The dental implant procedure begins with an exam and consultation by Dr. Camacho or Dr. Rosenbaum. The timeline varies for individuals. It can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months to receive a dental implant with the final tooth. During the interim, patients have a temporary tooth in place. In some cases, the process takes longer because additional treatments. For instance, bone grafting may be required to build up the foundation so it can support an implant (to read more on bone grafts click here). The procedure and time frame depends on several factors:
- Dental health
- Condition and quality of the jawbone
- Number of teeth involved
Overall, the dental implant procedure occurs in 3 steps:
- Drs. Camacho and Rosenbaum cut into the gum to see the underlying bone. Then, the dental implants are precisely placed into the jawbone. The placement mirrors the location of the missing natural tooth. A temporary tooth (crown) is placed on the dental implant.
- After healing to allow for the implant to fuse within the bone, digital impressions of both your teeth and bite are taken to make the custom final dental crown.
- The connection and crown are attached to the implant, completing the process.
How painful is getting a dental implant?
After dental surgery, some patients experience minor soreness. In order to treat the pain, patients take over the counter ibuprofen medication. Just like any surgery, dental implant surgery requires rest for best outcomes. Also, it is important to continue good oral hygiene with dental implants. These habits help prevent bacteria buildup which cause bone loss around dental implants.
How must does dental implants cost? What are dental implant prices?
Don’t let dental implants cost stop you from achieving your beautiful smile. Dental implant prices vary based on your personalized dental needs and goals. To determine the most accurate dental implants cost, come visit us at Fort Lauderdale Periodontics and Implant Dentistry.
First, it is important call and schedule an initial dental implant consultation with Dr. Camacho or Dr. Rosenbaum. Identifying your goals and dental health helps the doctors determine the best dental implant treatment for you.
Then, Carmen, our office manager and patient coordinator, works directly with you to discuss finances associated with dental implants cost. We accept dental insurance, Care Credit, Lending Club, and all major credit cards to cover the dental implants cost. Carmen will work with you and create your individualized financial plan today.
How long do dental implants last?
With excellent care, dental implants last 25+ years. Most importantly, good oral hygiene, regular dental checkups, and dental cleanings are a must for patients with dental implants.