Your smile deserves a second chance. With dental implants in Jacksonville, our experienced dentist can restore the look and function of your smile in the matter of a couple of visits.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a smile solution for those who have experienced tooth loss. We can surgically implant a titanium post into the health jaw bone and attach a custom-made crown on top. The post bonds with your bone, acting as an artificial tooth root, and providing a reliable restoration.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a more invasive form of smile restoration, but it has some of the most significant pay-offs for patients.There are tons of advantages in using dental implants; some of them are:
Full restoration of oral health and function
Natural-looking and comfortable results
Matches your natural teeth as we can customize them to varying shapes and sizes
They help in retaining facial symmetry and appearance, just like regular teeth
It improves confidence and self-esteem
Dental implants don’t decay, so you’ll never get cavities
They are easy to maintain and don’t require any specialized cleaning equipment
It is a permanent solution to tooth loss which doesn’t require periodic replacement
It restores the same level of bite force as your natural teeth
Enables natural speech without impacting the ability to pronounce words correctly
Prevents bone loss
Why do you need a dental implant?
Dental implants are used to replace one or more teeth and aid in restoring normal chewing functions as well as the preservation of natural teeth tissue. They preserve the jaw bone and reduce the resorption of bone tissue. Dental implants offer the advantage of replacing missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth while integrating directly into the bone structure. Your dentist will examine the affected area in your mouth and recommend a dental implant depending on various determining factors such as the location of missing teeth, general health, jawbone strength, and pricing preference. Dental implants are long-lasting, reliable, and are designed to look, feel, and function like your natural teeth.
How do they work?
A dental implant is performed using oral surgery which involves several stages. Your dentist will first remove any damaged tooth and prepare the area for the implant procedure. We drill a small hole in the area where we place the implant. It is then followed by an abutment installation, which is an extension that connects the tooth or crown to the implant. Finally, we fit a crown and leave the area for healing and recovery. You may be scheduled a few additional visits to ensure that the implant is stable, and the surrounding area has healed sufficiently.
How long does it take?
Your dental surgeon will perform a preliminary examination and provide a rough estimate between 4-6 months. The process of placing the implant in your jaw comes first and takes just an hour. Your next appointment will be scheduled after 4-6 months as the implant needs to fuse well with the bone and the surrounding areas need to heal completely.
The final phase involves placing the abutment, and then there will be a waiting time for a few weeks before we finally fit the crown.
How long does it last?
Dental implants are accepted by the dentist community to be the most dependable option to replace missing teeth. They are made of durable titanium which can last a lifetime with proper care and the crowns used in the procedure are as strong as natural teeth. Implant aftercare is the main factor that determines the life and health of the implants.
Habits such as smoking, high intake of sugar, junk food, and fizzy drinks can adversely affect implant health. It may lead to problems in healing other complications such as inflammations and infections. An active and healthy lifestyle, along with plenty of vegetables and fruits, is recommended.
Do they need to be replaced?
Dental implants with proper care have a very high success rate and rarely require replacement. A conservative estimate puts the life expectancy of a dental implant anywhere from 25-40 years. The crown may show signs of wear and may require replacement after 10-15 years, although even this can last significantly longer with proper oral care.
Some scenarios where your dentist will recommend a replacement may be due to uncontrollable factors such as accidents or other gum diseases. Dental implants trump over traditional tooth replacement options like crowns, bridges, and dentures as they very rarely need replacement.
Will it hurt?
Most patients have rarely complained of any discomfort during the dental implant procedure. Local anesthesia can be used to numb the area which performing the implant procedure. Your doctor will also administer long-lasting pain killers after the procedure, which will alleviate any pain immediately after the procedure. Any discomfort can be managed after the process during the scheduled visits, as we manage it effectively with our counter painkillers. Avoid eating hard food items and apply an ice pack to the area of the implant to obtain relief from swelling and any minor inflammations.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
There are only a few requirements to be a great candidate for dental implants. They include a healthy jawbone that can hold an implant, no signs of decay or disease and a healthy lifestyle that won’t put the implant(s) at risk of failing. It includes smoking.
Are You Interested in Dental Implants in Jacksonville?
Our patients love dental implants in Jacksonville for a good reason! If you’re interested in restoring your smile with dental implants, contact us today to schedule an appointment!