DENTAL IMPLANTS

A missing tooth is more than just a cosmetic problem. A missing tooth can challenge important everyday tasks and activities like chewing and talking. When you’re missing a tooth, filling the hole with a dental tool that will return your mouth to its normal functionality and appearance is important.

While many different types of dental tools can be used for these purposes, implants are some of the most desirable and popular options. Dental implants are inserted into the jaw, unlike other prosthetic teeth. This makes dental implants in Fort Myers, FL, much like your real teeth in terms of functionality, appearance, and maintenance needs.

At 1 Oak Dentistry, we offer dental implant services. If you’re missing a tooth, we’re here to help you restore your mouth to its original beauty.

DENTAL IMPLANTS OVERVIEW

A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth surgically inserted into the jaw so that it is permanently affixed in the mouth. Dental implants have three parts: the screw, abutment, and crown.

These parts are installed in separate appointments to ensure the success of the implant installation. Once the implant is in place, it can do nearly anything that a normal tooth can do. Taking care of your dental implant is important, but with proper care, an implant can last for decades.

BENEFITS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS

Dental implants are almost the perfect example of what a prosthetic tooth should be because their design and installation closely mimic real teeth. There are many benefits of dental implants, including:

  • Natural appearance. Dental implants are made to look just like your normal teeth. Once installed, no one can tell your implants from your other teeth.
  • Long-lasting durability. A patient who maintains a dental implant properly can expect it to last for many years and potentially for the rest of their life.
  • Restore your smile. Dental implants are made to restore your smile. This can help give you confidence after losing a tooth.

DENTAL IMPLANT INSTALLATION PROCESS

Dental implants are installed over several visits to the dentist. Your dentist will begin by assessing your dental health, including your jaw health and the health of your other teeth and gums. If you do not have sufficient volume in your jaw to handle dental implant installation, your dentist may recommend a bone graft. This will add extra office visits to your implant installation.

In addition, your dentist will make an impression on your teeth, so your dental implant can be custom-made for your mouth. Once the implant is made and your mouth is ready, the installation process will begin with the installation of the screw. The dentist will surgically install the screw in your jawbone. After the site has healed, the dentist will install the abutment. The implant will be given more time to heal; then, the crown will be installed.

For some patients, dental implant installation can take a year. Talk to your dentist to find out how many dental visits it will require.

DENTAL IMPLANTS FAQ

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth that is surgically inserted into the jaw. It looks and functions like real teeth.

How long does it take to get a dental implant?

Dental implant surgery is conducted over several office visits and, depending on your circumstances can take anywhere from six months to one year to complete. Healing time is different for every patient, and some patients need to have a bone graft performed as a part of this process.

Who needs a dental implant?

If you are missing a tooth and have a healthy jaw, you can benefit from a dental implant. Your dentist will evaluate your mouth and let you know if you would be a good candidate for a dental implant or another type of prosthetic tooth.

Do dental implants look natural?

Dental implants do look natural. In fact, they are custom-made to fit perfectly in the mouth where they’re installed. Your dentist will even color match your implant to match the other teeth in the mouth.

How are dental implants maintained?

Maintaining good oral hygiene is important to protect your dental implant from problems that could cause it to fail. Periodontal disease, for example, could lead to bone loss that could eventually cause the implant to fail. To maintain your dental implant, brush your teeth twice daily with non-abrasive toothpaste. See your dentist twice annually for checkups.

WHY CHOOSE 1 OAK DENTISTRY FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?

At 1 Oak Dentistry, we offer excellent patient care to help ensure that your visit to our dental office will be positive. Our state-of-the-art equipment, experience in the dental field, and excellent customer service keep our patients coming back again and again.

NEED A DENTAL IMPLANT? TALK TO YOUR DENTAL PROVIDER

If you’re missing a tooth and think that you’re a good candidate for a dental implant, talk to your dentist in Fort Myers, FL. We offer dental implant surgery and other prosthetic tooth options for our patients. We want to restore your smile. Call today to make an appointment and get started with a consultation.

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