Missing teeth can cause more problems than just gaps in your smile. Your speech, appearance, and eating habits are all negatively impacted as well. That’s why both Dr. Bill and Eli Abbo at Davie Advanced Dentistry are proud to provide high-quality dental implants. Unlike other tooth loss treatments, dental implants are the permanent solution for enhancing your smile and are also considered the gold standard in restorative dentistry among dental professionals.
Learn more about how dental implants can not only replace missing teeth, but also give you a durable smile that’s sure to boost your confidence.
Dental implants are small posts that are anchored directly to the jawbone to imitate your natural-looking teeth. Each implant is made up of three parts: The post is connected to the jaw and is made of a durable titanium alloy. An abutment is then placed to connect the implant with the dental crown, which is designed to blend with your surrounding teeth, creating a restored smile that looks and feels like natural teeth.
Dental implants can elevate your smile and protect the health of your teeth. Through a process known as osseointegration, these titanium posts fully bond with your jaw, making the procedure last a lifetime. In addition, a single dental implant can restore just one tooth or a row of up to four teeth with implant-supported partial and whole-mouth dentures.
Our professional dentists Dr. Bill and Eli Abbo recommend dental implants for the following reasons:
Your journey to a rejuvenated smile begins with an initial consultation at our Davie dental office. During your visit, one of our expert dentists will evaluate your teeth, conduct a thorough cleaning, and address any underlying dental issues if necessary.
Our team will also take X-rays of your teeth and jaw to determine whether you’re an ideal candidate for dental implants. This includes having sufficient jaw density for a solid foundation when placing your titanium posts. After a careful examination, our dentists may recommend undergoing a supplemental procedure, such as bone grafting, to restore any lost jawbone.
Once your mouth is prepared for dental implants, you’ll return to Davie Advanced Dentistry so that one of our dentists can conduct your implant placement procedure. We’ll begin by providing another deep cleaning of your teeth before applying a local anesthetic or the dental sedation option of your choice so you won’t feel a thing. Your dentist will then surgically place your implant directly to your jawbone.
Over the course of several months, your titanium posts will naturally fuse with your jawbone through a process known as osseointegration. During this time, you’ll wear temporary crowns that will allow your gums to heal while protecting your implant.
Once your implants have fully bonded with your jaw, you’ll return to our Davie office so our dentists can place your permanent dental crowns. These crowns are customized to match the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth. After your crowns have been placed, you’ll be ready to show off your rejuvenated smile with friends and family.
Because dental implants are designed to mimic your natural teeth, caring for them is just as easy. It’s important to maintain a proper oral hygiene regimen, which includes brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing at least once a day, and visiting our Davie office for biannual cleanings.
Learn more about keeping your implants health by following our dentists’ guide below:
The dental implant process is virtually painless, as your dentist will first administer a local anesthetic before your procedure. While you may experience mild discomfort when the numbness subsides, any soreness will fade within a week. Your dentist will make sure that you’re comfortable during your treatment and that your smile receives the care it needs.
The dental implant process takes about one to two hours, but the healing after the initial appointment can take between three to six months. As these fixtures naturally integrate with your jawbone during a process known as osseointegration, your crown will become stable and permanent with the rest of your smile. Reach out to your dentist if you have any questions about dental implants.
Your treatment options will vary depending on your unique case. Patients missing one or two teeth benefit from single dental implants. However, patients missing a full arch may be better off with implant-supported dentures. Dentures are a more cost-effective and convenient option for patients missing a majority of their teeth. Your dentist will determine which treatment is best at your initial consultation.
Most insurance companies will cover a portion of the cost of dental implants if they’re deemed medically necessary. It includes replacing missing teeth, restoring your jaw, and removing any source of decay. Your dentist may also recommend that you contact your provider to better understand your coverage as well as provide financing options to improve affordability.