What's so bad about missing a tooth or two? Any amount of tooth loss degrades your jaw bone, impacts speech clarity and makes biting and chewing difficult. Plus, who wants to have a gapped, unattractive smile. At Design a Smile in Miami, FL, our dentists, Drs. Romay, Barrera, and Sosa, frequently place dental implants as the superior alternatives to a damaged smile.
Dental implants resemble artificial teeth
A dental implant fills the space vacated by an injured, decayed or knocked out tooth. Made up of a titanium root, metal post and porcelain crown, the single-tooth implant looks, feels and behaves just as a real tooth does. Amazingly, it improves bone health because the screw-like device bonds with the jaw through osseointegration.
Other tooth replacement options do nothing for bone health. Also, placement procedures for conventional bridgework and partial dentures involve enamel reduction on supporting teeth on either side of the gap, says the American Dental Association (ADA).
Many people qualify for dental implants
From patients who are in their late teens to adults in their senior years, many people can receive dental implants or even implant-supported dentures. Your dentist at Design a Smile in Miami will review your medical history, examine your teeth and gums, and also take digital X-rays and a bone scan. If your mouth is healthy enough and you have sufficient bone in your jaw, you're a good candidate for this life-changing procedure.
The implant procedure
Most people find it relatively comfortable. However, after implant placement, patience is key to proper healing and osseointegration. So, once your dentist inserts the implant into your jaw, you'll wait several weeks before he or she can restore it with the extension post and crown.
Aftercare is easy: simply brush and floss as you normally do. Stop smoking or chewing tobacco to keep your implant sites infection-free. See Dr. Romay, Dr. Barrera, or Dr. Sosa every six months for your usual prophylactic cleaning and examination.
Implants are today's treatment of choice
The University of Miami School of Medicine affirms that. So, please don't hesitate. Why not come to Design a Smile for a personalized dental implant consultation? Your dentist will help you carefully guide you through the entire process.
You can have a fully restored, functional and beautiful smile with dental implants from Design a Smile. Call today for an appointment. We have two offices to serve all your preventive, restorative and cosmetic needs. Phone (305) 667-8887 for the South Miami Coral Gables area, or for the Winston Park, Kendall Lakes, or Hammocks area location, phone (305) 408-3388.