Have you considered replacing missing teeth with dental implants? Implants offer a more comfortable restoration option and may never need to be replaced. Our Tampa, FL, dentist, Dr. Dana Cuculici of Carrollwood Dental, place dental implants and can explain how they can help your smile.
Dental implants are a total tooth restoration option
Dentists have been replacing teeth with bridges and dentures for many years. Although these restoration methods are effective, they neglect a very important part of the tooth - the root. Roots securely attach teeth to your jawbone, allowing you to bite and chew hard foods with ease. When roots aren't replaced, your biting power can suffer.
Dental implants are the only restoration method that replaces your entire tooth, including the roots. A tiny titanium post that looks like a screw serves as your synthetic root and is placed in an opening made in your jawbone during minor oral surgery. The implant slowly begins to bond your jawbone during the next several months. In most cases, bonding takes three to six months or longer.
After your implant has bonded to your jawbone, we'll add a special connector to the top and begin work on the crown that will replace the visible part of your tooth. During your visit to our Tampa office, we'll make an impression of your mouth to ensure that your new crown looks completely at home in your mouth. Crown fabrication in a dental lab takes about two weeks. When the crown is finished, we'll attach it to your implant, completing the process.
Implants offer several important benefits
Your newly created tooth will not only look completely natural but also feel surprisingly comfortable. Thanks to your bonded new root, your tooth won't rub against your gums or budge when you bite or chew. You also won't experience any change in your biting power when you replace a missing tooth with a dental implant.
Although implants are most commonly used to replace one missing tooth, they can also help denture wearers. Implant-supported dentures are attached to four to eight dental implants and are available in both fixed or removable types.
A shrinking jaw, a common problem after tooth loss, won't be an issue if you choose dental implants. The implants provide constant stimulation that keeps the jawbone healthy.
Are you ready to improve your smile with dental implants? Call our Tampa, FL, dentist, Dr. Cuculici of Carrollwood Dental, at (813) 264-6911 to schedule an appointment.