you are self-conscious because you have missing teeth, wear dentures
that are uncomfortable or don’t want to have good tooth structure
removed to make a bridge, talk to your dentist to see if dental implants
are an option for you.
Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing
teeth and are designed to blend in with your other teeth. They are an
excellent long-term option for restoring your smile. In fact, the
development and use of dental implants is one of the biggest advances in implant
dentistry in the past 40 years. Dental implants are made up of titanium
and other materials that are compatible with the human body. They are
posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they
function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth.
Most patients find that a dental implant is secure, stable and a good
replacement for their own tooth. There are generally three phases to
getting an implant:
• First, the oral surgeon surgically places the implant into the jawbone.
• Next, the bone around the implant heals in a process called
osseointegration. What makes an implant so strong is that the bone
actually grows around it and holds it in place. Osseointegration means
“combines with the bone” and takes time.
Some patients might
need to wait until the dental implant is completely integrated, up to several
months, before replacement teeth can be attached to the implant. Other
patients can have their dental implants and replacement teeth placed all in one
• Finally, it’s time for the placement of the artificial tooth/
teeth. For a single tooth implant, your dentist will customize a new
tooth for you, called a dental crown. The crown will be based on size,
shape, color and fit, and will be designed to blend in with your other
If you are replacing more than a single tooth, custom-made bridges or
dentures will be made to fit your mouth and your implants. (Note: The
replacement teeth usually take some time to make. In the meantime, your
dentist may give you a temporary crown, bridge or denture to help you
eat and speak normally until the permanent replacement is ready.)
If you are
interested in dental implants, it’s a good idea to discuss it carefully
with your dentist first. If you are in good general health this
treatment may be an option for you. In fact, your health is more of a
factor than your age. You may be medically evaluated by a physician
before any implant surgery is scheduled. Chronic illnesses, such as
diabetes or leukemia, may interfere with healing after surgery. Patients
with these issues may not be good candidates for implants. Using
tobacco can also slow healing.
Dr. Cheryl Malick and the Dental Excellence team in Naples, FL are pleased to be
serving the Naples, FL area and look forward to personally welcoming you
today. We are proud to be celebrating our 10 year anniversary.
For additional questions regarding dental implants in
Naples, FL or Implant Dentistry in Naples, FL please feel free to call
or contact us at email@example.com (259) 596 - 3434