Have you lost one or more of your teeth? Are you looking to install new dental implants for a quick and simple solution to renewing your smile? If your answer is yes and you live in the Miami area, look no further than Artistic Smiles!
At our cosmetic implant dentistry office, we understand the physical and psychological implications of tooth loss. Losing one tooth can lead to a misalignment and potential loss of the surrounding teeth as they fail to perform the lost tooth’s function. Not only that, but tooth loss can also result in social anxiety and a subsequently lower self-esteem. Fortunately, our affordable dental implants can fully reverse these effects and restore your smile to perfection!
Dental Implant Procedure
A tooth implant consists of two parts – an anchor and a porcelain crown. The anchor is a synthetic tooth replacement root made of titanium, which we surgically attach to your jaw bone. The unique properties of a titanium tooth implant allow for an easier fusion to the bone and promote faster healing with minimal side effects.
How dental implant surgery is performed depends on the kind of implant and the condition of your jawbone. But all dental implant surgery occurs in steps and can involve several visits. The main goal of the implant is to install a solid support for your new teeth. It is a process that requires the bone to adhere and heal around the implant. The affected area needs to heal for approximately 3 months for optimal results.
Once the healing process is complete, we place a porcelain crown onto the exposed titanium root for a fully restored tooth that looks absolutely natural in color and structure. The entire permanent dental implant procedure is performed by your cosmetic dentist Dr. Yon Elejabarrieta.
Why Dental Implants Are Sometimes Required
Dental implants are surgically placed in your jawbone, where they serve as the new synthetic roots of missing teeth. Because the titanium in the implants joins with your jaw bone, the implants do not slip or cause any further bone damage the way fixed bridgework or dentures might. And the new titanium root won’t decay like your own teeth that support regular bridgework can.
In general, dental implants may be the proper solution for you if you:
- Have one or more missing teeth
- Have a jawbone that’s reached full growth
- Have adequate bone to secure the implants or are able to have a bone graft
- Have healthy oral tissues
- Don’t have health conditions that will affect bone healing
- Are unable or unwilling to wear dentures
- Want to improve your speech
- Are willing to commit several months to the process
In addition to aesthetics, dental implants help maintain your normal chewing and speech habits, a proper bite, jaw bone symmetry, gum health and overall oral health. They can also be used to provide permanent support for full or partial dentures.
Preparation for Dental Implants
Because dental implants require at least one oral surgical procedure, you must have a thorough evaluation to prepare for the process, including a:
- Comprehensive dental exam – You may have dental X-rays taken and models made of your teeth and mouth.
- Treatment plan – Tailored to your situation, this plan takes into account factors such as how many teeth you need to have replaced and the condition of your jaw bone.
What To Expect
Dental implant surgery is an outpatient surgery performed in stages:
- The damaged tooth is removed.
- The jaw bone is prepped for surgery.
- When the jaw bone is healed, the oral surgeon places the dental implant titanium post into the bone.
- You go through a healing period that may last several months.
- The oral surgeon places the abutment — an extension of the implant metal post — followed by your new artificial tooth (crown).
The entire process can take many months from start to finish — three to nine months and sometimes longer. Much of that time is devoted to healing and waiting for the growth of new bone in your jaw.
To find out more about dental implants from a dentist in Miami, please contact Artistic Smiles today. We will gladly provide you with a free consultation and quote to determine if you would be better suited to receive an implant or a bridge so we can begin your missing tooth treatment as soon as possible.