Dental Implants

Dental implants are small bio-compatible posts designed to be surgically placed into the upper or lower jawbone. The purpose of a dental implant is to replace a missing tooth or multiple teeth. Dental implants consist of three parts: 

  • The implant post (which is placed into the jawbone)
  • An abutment (which is attached to the implant)
  • A replacement tooth (crown, bridge, or denture)

Dental implants can be used to support any number of artificial replacement teeth – from a single tooth to a full arch of teeth, depending on your needs and the design of the implant restoration. 

To function properly, dental implants require bone and gum tissue to surround and support them. If you suffer from bone loss or gum disease, this is something that will need to be addressed first. While this may seem like a more lengthy process than a simple denture or bridge, we perform these steps because we don’t just want to replace your tooth for cosmetic appeal; we want you to be able to bite with it using full force, use it as you would use a natural tooth, and speak properly with it. Bone support and gum health are necessary for these things to happen.

To learn more about dental implants in our Temple Terrace, FL, location contact our office today! You may also read below for helpful information regarding each of our options.

Single Implants

A single dental implant is an implant designed to replace a single missing tooth. The implant process can be broken down into three separate steps:

  • The surgical placement of a dental implant post into the jawbone where a root would normally reside.
  • Attachment of an abutment on top of the implant post.
  • Attachment of a dental crown replacement on top of the abutment.

Implant-Supported Bridges

An implant-supported bridge is a treatment option to install two or more consecutive artificial teeth in place of multiple missing natural ones. A bridge differs from a single dental implant as it replaces multiple teeth and spans the gaps created by having an implant placed on either side of the tooth gap. 

While a traditional bridge is attached to the natural teeth, which serve as anchors for the prosthetic, an implant-supported bridge relies on the implants to be held in place. This means that none of the natural teeth must be prepared, capped, or utilized as a part of the process.

Implant-Supported Dentures

An implant-supported denture is capable of replacing an entire arch of missing teeth on the upper or lower jaw. Similar to regular dentures, this appliance can restore the smile appearance, cheek and lip support, and bite force; however, with implants to support the prosthetic, the smile is more dependable, and the bite is much stronger!

This is because rather than relying on suction or dental adhesive to be held in place, dentures snap onto supporting implant posts that have been placed into the jawbone. The implants are secured in the bone and act as tooth roots, which results in a much more secure hold. Implants can also help to preserve the jaw bone, keeping the smile healthier and keeping you happier!

Zeramex® Ceramic Implants

While many implant posts are made from titanium, our office uses the highly advanced and exceedingly exceptional zirconia material as a durable foundation for implant restoration. Zirconia is an FDA-approved ceramic that is qualified for successful use in implant procedures, making the entire process possible for patients sensitive to metal or reluctant towards the harsh effects that prolonged metal exposure can cause. These effects can include gum irritation or metallic corrosion, with an overall heightened risk of peri-implantitis.

With Zeramex, the zirconia ceramics offer a strong, stable, and safer solution for restoring missing teeth. Not only that, but the white color of the post ensures that no darkened metal is visible at the gum line, even years after the implant has been placed! Overall, we find that Zeramex implants are the most natural solution for replacing missing teeth.

A Team You Can Trust With Your Smile

While the experience of having an implant placed and restored is an incredible, life-changing decision, it is not one to be taken lightly. When choosing this route to replace your missing teeth, it’s important that you only trust the true professionals! 

At Dental Health Experts, we know how much your smile means to you and recognize the ability of this procedure to improve your well-being and self-esteem – the last thing you want is to go to a doctor that is under qualified or lacking sufficient experience. By choosing us, your smile will be trusted only to the best in the field. Our doctors are backed by years of experience and will treat your implant procedure with the utmost care and attention. 

If you have any questions about dental implants or would like to take the next step towards undergoing your procedure, contact our office today! We can set you up for your FREE consultation!

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