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Dental Implants in Altamonte Springs

Patients who are missing teeth have a permanent, solid tooth replacement solution with dental implants. Whether you have struggled with ill-fitting dentures, bone loss, or gum recession, our doctors can improve your quality of life with this modern prosthetic dentistry option. Dental implants provide fully-functional and natural-looking replacement teeth that will stand up to many years of regular use with proper maintenance.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are titanium posts that are placed below the gum line to replace damaged roots where teeth are missing. Once they've been incorporated by surrounding jaw bone tissue, these posts anchor lifelike, attractive tooth replacements, including single tooth replacements, bridges, and full dentures. Unlike traditional bridges, dental implants-retained artificial teeth don’t rely on surrounding natural teeth for support. This helps you avoid the risk of damaging natural teeth or suffering from receding gums that accompanies traditional artificial teeth.

Dental implants also halt bone loss that is due to missing teeth, as well as strengthen your bite and help to preserve your facial bone structure. For patients who have lost all their teeth, we can provide secure implant-retained dentures that look and feel like beautiful, natural teeth.

Ideal candidates for dental implants are individuals who have healthy gums and sufficient bone mass below the gums. If you live in or near Altamonte Springs and would like to learn more about dental implants, we invite you to contact our cosmetic & restorative dentists today to find out how we can restore and enhance your smile's health and beauty.

More About Dental Implants

There is no doubt that in the last twenty-five years, tooth replacement has been forever altered by the advent of dental implants. The idea of dental implants is not novel. The earliest attempts at dental implants that are recorded date back as far as 600 A.D. in the Mayan civilization. The very successful implants of modern times are comprised of a root replacement with an attached crown. Upon completion, there is no difference in appearance or functionality, to that of a natural tooth. An added benefit is the fact that implanted teeth don’t decay, and they rarely have gum disease. As is the case with most dental treatments, implants involved scientific discovery, research, and practical application. Expertise in implant dentistry requires planning and the surgical placement of implants, followed by the fabrication of the crown. Consequently, it takes a good deal of experience and expertise in order to have a successful dental implant experience. Fortunately, the Doctors at LC&Z Cosmetic Dentistry are highly skilled and experienced at this procedure. The dental implant procedure takes teamwork between your dentist, dental technician, implant surgeon, and you, our patient.

What’s A Dental Implant?

You can think of a tooth has having two primary components, the root that is attached to the bone of the jaw and held in place by a ligament, and the portion above the gum line, which is the crown. A dental implant is meant to replace the root. The implant is anchored within the jaw bone in the space that was previously occupied by the tooth. The phenomenon that makes dental implants to successful is that in time, they fuse, or become integrated with the jaw bone. This phenomenon is called osseo-integration. Implants are made of pure titanium, which is a metal that has been had medicinal uses for a long time because the body does not reject it. That actual osseo-integration process is a biochemical fusion involving bone cells to an oxide layer on the titanium surface.

How Do Implants Work?

Since a dental implant will become fused with the bone of your jaw it offers a strong support for an artificial tooth. Bridges or dentures that are attached to implants will not shift or slip with your mouth., which is of the utmost importance when you’re eating or speaking. This secure attachment makes individual crowns, bridges, or dentures that are attached to it have a more natural feel than traditional dentures or bridges.

For some of our patients. Conventional dentures and bridges are uncomfortable or not even feasible, because of poor ridges, sore spots or gagging. Additionally, conventional bridges need an attachment to teeth on both sides of the missing teeth. With implants, this isn’t necessary so adjacent teeth do not require preparation in order to hold replacement teeth in place.

To be a candidate for implants you must have adequate jaw bone mass and healthy gums, so that the implants can be properly supported. You must also be committed to proper implant maintenance, good oral hygiene and periodic dental visits.

Implants are normally more costly than other tooth replacement modalities and most dental insurance providers will not cover the associated fees.

The ADA has recognized two types of implants as safe:

Subperiosteal – This type is a metal frame that is attached to the jawbone just beneath gum tissue. The frame becomes fixed with the jawbone and the gums heal. We then attach posts to the frame and the posts extend through the patient’s gums. The posts are used to provide the artificial teeth a fixed place to be mounted.

Endosteal – Surgically implanted right into the jaw bone. After the gum tissue surrounding the implant is healed, another surgery is required to attach a post to the implant. Lastly, artificial teeth are attached to the post or posts. Either individual artificial teeth are attached or a denture or bridge may be attached to implants.

Dental Implants – A Collaborative Treatment Approach

Customarily, dental implants are inserted by oral surgeons and periodontists. These are dental specialists with additional training in surgery and implantology. The placement of implants requires some planning ant it will require cooperation between the dentist, implant surgeon, and the laboratory who is responsible for making a crown to place on the fully integrated implant.

Diagnostic Steps

Your dentist will complete a full assessment of your health history and fully examine your oral cavity and the site or sites upon which the implants will be placed. Your bite will be carefully assessed with oral study models and photographs to address any aesthetic concerns. We will also take x-rays of the implant insertion site to assess the jaw bone and determine if it has enough mass to support implants. Finally, we will make surgical templates in order to guarantee accurate implant placement.

Surgical Placement

Implant surgery is normally a fairly pain free process and it is customarily conducted with the patient under local anesthesia. At times the local anesthesia is augmented by oral meds or intravenous conscious sedation for patients who are very anxious. Some degree of vibration is usually experienced as the site in the jaw bone is prepared, but it is normally easy to tolerate. Since the surgery is minimally invasive there aren’t any open wounds subsequent to surgery and post-operative pain is minimal, lasting now more than two days. Implants must be left in place for a time period ranging from two to six months to give the implant time to fuse with the bone. The time it takes to fuse with the bone depends upon the density of the bone. Implants tend to fuse much faster in dense bone.

After the implant has fused with the jaw bone a crown can be fabricated and placed on the implant where it is subject to biting forces. Subsequent to implant integration a crown will be made that appears and functions exactly like a natural tooth.

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