What are Dental Implants?
Tooth loss can happen for any number of reasons. Sometimes, it is the result of a traumatic accident. In other instances, it is because of significant disease or decay. No matter the factors that contribute to your tooth loss, it is important to restore form and function sooner rather than later. Dental implants represent the gold-standard approach. At MOSAIC Maxillofacial Surgical Arts & Implant Centers, we are pleased to provide dental implants in New Port Richey, FL.
A dental implant is a small titanium post, which is inserted into the jawbone where it functions as an artificial tooth root. On top of the implant, a dental prosthesis (or crown) is placed, made to look and behave just like your normal, growing teeth. Titanium is a biocompatible material, meaning there is only the slightest risk of an adverse reaction. In the event of a titanium allergy, other materials are available.
Simply put, dental implants represent the most comfortable, functional, and long-lasting option for dental restoration.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants consist of three basic parts.
- First, there is the implant itself. A small titanium post is inserted into your jawbone, where it fuses into place and provides a sturdy anchor for your replacement tooth.
- There is also an abutment, which is a connective piece that secures the crown to the implant itself.
- The replacement tooth or crown is made to look just like your naturally growing teeth. Typically, the restoration is completed by your normal dentist.
Another important term to be aware of is osseointegration. This refers to the process by which your implant fuses with the surrounding bone. This process may take a number of weeks but will result in stable and long-lasting dental restoration.
Why Get Dental Implants?
Dental implants are widely considered to be the standard of care for tooth replacement. There are a number of benefits to choosing dental implants over other forms of restoration, such as dentures. These benefits include:
Dental Implants Prevent Further Bone Loss
When you do not have a tooth root to stimulate your jawbone, that bone can deteriorate. This may result in unwanted changes to your facial appearance, and challenges with the dental restoration process. Dental implants actually provide the stimulation needed to avoid jaw bone deterioration.
Dental Implants Provide Natural-Looking Results
Your dentist will create replacement teeth that look and feel real,” replicating the look of your natural teeth. At the same time, the implants will provide a snug and secure fit, preventing your replacement teeth from slipping out of place.
Dental Implants Are Long-Lasting and Reliable
Clinical research shows that dental implants boast a success rate of over 95 percent. In some cases, dental implants can last for more than 40 years.
Dental Implants Improve Your Ability to Chew
Unlike dentures, dental implants work well even when eating sticky or hard foods. You can enjoy all of your favorite foods without worrying about diminished dental function.
Who are the Best Candidates for Dental Implant Surgery?
The best way to determine your eligibility for dental implants is to schedule a consultation with one of our oral surgeons. During your consultation, your oral surgeons will perform a full physical evaluation and review some medical images, then verify your candidacy for a safe and successful procedure.
Generally, the best candidates for dental implant surgery:
- Are missing one or more teeth
- Are in good health overall
- Do not have untreated periodontal disease
- Have sufficient jaw bone for a dental implant placement
- Have realistic expectations about the surgery and the results
What is the Dental Implant Process Like?
What should you expect from your dental implant procedure? The process may vary slightly from patient to patient, but here is a general overview.
At the initial appointment, your oral surgeons will confirm your eligibility for surgery, let you know about anesthesia options, and answer any questions you may have about the surgery.
In order to prepare for a successful dental implant surgery, you may need to have supportive procedures performed. This may involve having unhealthy teeth extracted, or a bone graft performed, providing you with sufficient bone density for your implants to be anchored.
Dental Implant Placement
For dental implant placement, anesthesia and sedation options will be provided to keep you totally comfortable. During this procedure, the implant itself is inserted into the jawbone. For a single implant, this surgery can take as little as half an hour.
It will take several weeks for your dental implant to fuse with the surrounding jaw bone. Once this happens, your surgeon will place the abutment, and then you will see your regular dentist for your final, finished crown.
Additional Questions About Dental Implants
If you have any additional questions about having dental implant surgery in New Port Richey, FL, we invite you to reach out to us. In the meantime, here are a few of the most common inquiries.
Does Dental Implant Surgery Hurt?
Your comfort is our top priority. A number of anesthesia and sedation options are available to minimize pain during the procedure. We are happy to go over them during your consultation.
Are Dental Implants Safe?
Dental implants have been around for more than 50 years and are a trusted option for dental restoration. The risk of an adverse reaction is somewhere between two and five percent. The risks associated with untreated tooth loss are far more consequential.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
Costs vary depending on the number of implants you need, as well as supporting surgeries required. We are happy to provide a specific estimate during your consultation.
Find Out More About Dental implants in New Port Richey, FL
Ready to find out more about the benefits of dental implants? Schedule a consultation with MOSAIC Maxillofacial Surgical Arts & Implant Centers. Contact our office in New Port Richey, FL by calling (727) 842-5180.