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By Carrollwood Dental
January 24, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

This permanent tooth replacement offers many unique advantages for your smile.

If you are missing one more permanent teeth then you may be trying to figure out the best tooth replacement option to fit your needs. dental implantsMaybe you’ve already done some research on the subject and are wondering whether dental implants are right for you. Our Tampa, FL, dentist Dr. Dana Cuculici can restore your smile with the help of dental implants. A dental implant is a small metal post that functions just like real tooth roots. If you are a good candidate for dental implants, you can have an implant placed by an oral surgeon or a periodontist and return to Dr. Cuculici to finish the restoration with an implant crown. Here are the many ways in which dental implants can benefit you.

Improve Your Appearance

Dental implants both look and function just like real teeth so no one will even know that you have dental implants. Nothing resembles a real tooth as much as a dental implant, since the implant is designed to take the place of tooth roots. This means that you’ll have a replacement tooth that blends right in with the rest of your smile.

Restored Chewing

Who doesn’t love noshing on their favorite foods? Well, if you are missing one or more teeth you may find it more than a little difficult to eat your favorite foods with ease. Since dental implants stay firmly in place and don’t move around you don't have to worry about having trouble eating again. So go ahead and enjoy the foods you love with full confidence.

Prevent Misalignments

If you don’t replace your missing tooth or teeth, the rest of your natural teeth will begin to move toward the open gap in your smile. As you might imagine, this can result in crooked teeth, gaps between teeth and other alignment problems that can’t be corrected without braces. Dental implants fill smile gaps and prevent teeth from shifting out of place.

Prevent Bone Loss

Once you lose a tooth the jawbone will begin to deteriorate because it’s not getting the full stimulation it needs. Luckily, dental implants are the only tooth replacement that actually replaces tooth roots and provides the jawbone with the stimulation it needs to prevent it from breaking down. A dental implant can preserve the natural structure and strength of your jawbone.

If you are dealing with tooth loss and want to discuss your treatment options then it’s time to call Carrollwood Dental in Tampa, FL, today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cuculici. Call us today.

By Carrollwood Dental
October 29, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Dental ImplantDental implants might just be the best way to replace your missing teeth.

When we lose teeth as adults it’s not the exciting momentous occasion that it is when we are children; quite the opposite, actually. And there is certainly no tooth fairy involved. Luckily, during this unnerving time, it’s important to know that our Tampa, FL dentist Dr. Dana Cuculici is ready to help you get your smile back on track. One way in which to replace that missing tooth is through an incredible restoration known as a dental implant.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is comprised of three different components that help make it a complete artificial tooth. The implant itself is the part you won’t see, it’s a small metal post that is placed under the gum line within the jawbone. Implants function like tooth roots, providing the jawbone with the stimulation it needs to remain healthy. The jawbone and tissue even fuse together with the implant to become one. From there, a false tooth (e.g. dental crown) is placed on top of the implant.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

Since getting dental implants does take time and requires surgery, our Tampa general dentist will need to make sure that you are healthy enough for implants. This requires us to perform a thorough evaluation, which includes an oral exam and imaging tests to check the overall oral health and jawbone health. Here are some of the factors that determine your candidacy:

Your Age

Adults are the perfect candidates for dental implants and there is no age limit to when you can get this tooth replacement. Since implants can end up lasting the rest of your life we know that this is a major benefit for adults dealing with tooth loss. Of course, dental implants are not the best option for children and teens dealing with tooth loss.

Your Health

Your health is probably the most important determinant as to whether dental implants are right for you. Both your oral health and general health have to be in tip-top shape. If you have any chronic disorders such as diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure we will need to make sure they are properly managed before we can begin the implant process. The same thing applies to your oral health: If there are any issues that we see such as cavities or gum disease, these will need to be addressed before we begin.

Your Jawbone

Since the implant will be placed within the jawbone it’s important that there is enough healthy bone to support it. Since people dealing with tooth loss usually have some degree of bone loss, we will run x-rays to check the density of the jawbone. In some cases, bone grafting may be required before you can get dental implants.

If you are ready to find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants then it’s time to turn to the smile experts at Carrollwood Dental in Tampa, FL. Call us today to schedule your consultation.

By Carrollwood Dental
October 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Are you interested in dental implants but a little hesitant about the surgery? Don’t be—this procedure to imbed an implant’s titanium post in the jawbone is relatively minor with little to no discomfort for most patients.

Some time before, however, we’ll need to pre-plan the surgery to pinpoint the best location for the implant, critical to achieving a solid hold and a life-like appearance. During these first visits we often create a surgical guide, a device inserted in the mouth during surgery that identifies the exact location for the hole (or channel) in the bone we’ll drill to insert the implant.

On surgery day, we’ll prepare you for a pain-free and relaxing experience. If you’re normally anxious about dental work, we may prescribe a sedative for you to take ahead of time. As we begin we’ll thoroughly numb the area with local anesthesia to ensure you won’t feel any pain.

The surgery begins with an incision through the gum tissue to access the underlying bone. Once it’s exposed, we’ll insert the surgical guide and begin a drilling sequence to gradually increase the size of the channel. This takes time because we want to avoid damaging the bone from overheating caused by friction.

Once we’ve created a channel that matches precisely the implant’s size and shape, we’ll remove the implant from its sterile packaging and immediately fit and secure it in the channel. We’ll then take x-rays to ensure it’s in the best position possible.

Satisfied we’ve properly situated and secured the implant, we’ll suture the gum tissue back in place to protect the implant with or without attaching a healing abutment to it as it fully integrates with the jawbone over the next few months (after which you’ll come back to receive your permanent crown). After a short recovery, you’ll return to full activity. Most patients only experience mild to moderate discomfort usually manageable with over-the-counter pain medication like aspirin or ibuprofen.

While implantation is a long process, you’ll be obtaining what’s considered by most dentists and their patients as the most durable and life-like tooth replacement available. Your new attractive smile will be well worth it.

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implant Surgery: What to Expect Before, During and After.”

By Carrollwood Dental
August 19, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Let’s say you’re traveling to Italy to surprise your girlfriend, who is competing in an alpine ski race… and when you lower the scarf that’s covering your face, you reveal to the assembled paparazzi that one of your front teeth is missing. What will you do about this dental dilemma?

Sound far-fetched? It recently happened to one of the most recognized figures in sports — Tiger Woods. There’s still some uncertainty about exactly how this tooth was taken out: Was it a collision with a cameraman, as Woods’ agent reported… or did Woods already have some problems with the tooth, as others have speculated? We still don’t know for sure, but the big question is: What happens next?

Fortunately, contemporary dentistry offers several good solutions for the problem of missing teeth. Which one is best? It depends on each individual’s particular situation.

Let’s say that the visible part of the tooth (the crown) has been damaged by a dental trauma (such as a collision or a blow to the face), but the tooth still has healthy roots. In this case, it’s often possible to keep the roots and replace the tooth above the gum line with a crown restoration (also called a cap). Crowns are generally made to order in a dental lab, and are placed on a prepared tooth in a procedure that requires two office visits: one to prepare the tooth for restoration and to make a model of the mouth and the second to place the custom-manufactured crown and complete the restoration. However, in some cases, crowns can be made on special machinery right in the dental office, and placed during the same visit.

But what happens if the root isn’t viable — for example, if the tooth is deeply fractured, or completely knocked out and unable to be successfully re-implanted?

In that case, a dental implant is probably the best option for tooth replacement. An implant consists of a screw-like post of titanium metal that is inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. Titanium has a unique property: It can fuse with living bone tissue, allowing it to act as a secure anchor for the replacement tooth system. The crown of the implant is similar to the one mentioned above, except that it’s made to attach to the titanium implant instead of the natural tooth.

Dental implants look, function and “feel” just like natural teeth — and with proper care, they can last a lifetime. Although they may be initially expensive, their quality and longevity makes them a good value over the long term. A less-costly alternative is traditional bridgework — but this method requires some dental work on the adjacent, healthy teeth; plus, it isn’t expected to last as long as an implant, and it may make the teeth more prone to problems down the road.

What will the acclaimed golfer do? No doubt Tiger’s dentist will help him make the right tooth-replacement decision.

If you have a gap in your grin — whatever the cause — contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation, and find out which tooth-replacement system is right for you. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Crowns & Bridgework.”


So, you’ve just acquired an attractive restoration with dental implants. You may be thinking at least with these teeth you won’t have to worry about dental disease.

Think again. While the implants and their porcelain crowns are impervious to decay the surrounding gums and bone are still vulnerable to infection. In fact, you could be at risk for a specific type of periodontal (gum) disease called peri-implantitis (inflammation around the implant).

Bacterial plaque, the thin bio-film most responsible for gum disease, can build up on implant crowns just as it does on natural tooth surfaces. If it isn’t removed with daily brushing and flossing and regular dental cleanings the bacteria can trigger an infection in the gums.

Besides weakening gum tissues, gum disease can also cause bone loss, of critical importance to dental implants. An implant depends on the bone they’re inserted in to hold them in place. If the bone around an implant becomes infected it could begin to be lost or dissolve (resorb), which could lead to loss of the implant.

That’s why it’s critical to keep the natural tissue structures supporting your implants infection-free. Not only is daily hygiene a must, but your implants and any remaining natural teeth should undergo professional cleaning at least twice a year or more if your dentist recommends it.

Cleanings involving implants will also be a bit different from natural teeth. While the dental materials used in the crown and implant post are quite durable, regular cleaning instruments can scratch them. Although tiny, these scratches can become hiding places for bacteria and increase your risk of infection.

To avoid this, your hygienist will use instruments (known as scalers and curettes) usually made of plastics or resins rather than metal. The hygienist may still use metal instruments on your remaining natural teeth because their enamel can tolerate metal without becoming scratched creating a smoother surface.

While keeping implants clean can sometimes be a challenge, it’s not impossible. Implants on average have a long-term success rate above 95%. With both you and your dentist caring and maintaining these state-of-the-art restorations, you may be able to enjoy them for decades.

If you would like more information on caring for dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implant Maintenance: Implant Teeth must be Cleaned Differently.”