Looking to Have a Dental Implant Procedure in Boynton Beach, FL?
Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Dental implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
The implants themselves are artificial tooth roots anchored in the gum or jawbone, on which replacement teeth are permanently secured. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore your smile! Dental implants are stable and durable and will last many years, but on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear at our Boynton Beach, FL office.
Common reasons for a dental implant procedure:
- Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth
- Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space
- Restore a patient’s confident smile
- Restore chewing, speech, and digestion
- Restore or enhance facial tissues
- Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable
There are various types of dental implant procedures, in our Boynton Beach, FL office we provide the following implant procedures.
Mini Dental Implants
Often done in a single visit to our Boynton Beach, FL office, mini dental implants are a new and low-cost way to secure your dentures, at less than half the cost of traditional dental implants! Even patients who have been told they aren’t candidates for traditional implants may benefit from mini implants. In some cases, your existing dentures can be used, making this implant procedure even more affordable.
Implant-supported bridges utilize dental implants instead of crowns or other frameworks. The dental implants are positioned into your jaw, forming a solid anchor as the bone and metal implant fuse together over time. Normally one implant is surgically positioned for each missing tooth, then these implants keep your bridge in the correct position. Your bridge is then created to match the color, shape, and size of your surrounding teeth. Your new Implant-supported bridge is then attached to the implants. Regarded as the most stable bridge option, an Implant-supported bridge usually involves 2 surgeries to complete this process. First you will have the implants positioned in your jawbone and then a second surgery is needed to place the actual bridge on the implants. An Implant-supported bridge procedure will let you to enjoy a healthy new smile and renewed confidence in your bite.
Single Tooth Implant
By replacing a single tooth in our Boynton Beach, FL office and you can avoid a conventional bridge and your adjacent teeth are preserved. Single-tooth implants do not decay or need root canal treatments and have the highest long-term success rates for replacing a single tooth. Enjoy your new tooth!
All-on-4 Full Arch Implant Procedure
With the All-on-4 implant procedure, we can literally restore an entire row of teeth in just one appointment at our Boynton Beach office. With just four to six strategically placed implants, we can use them to fully support an implant-retained denture that simply snaps onto them. All on four dentures replace all of your teeth with a permanent set of natural-feeling prosthetics that function exactly like a real set of teeth. Permanently affixed to your jaw with titanium screws, they will not shift or slip and do note put unwanted pressure on your gums. Eating and biting are much more comfortable, as they act just as natural teeth do. Maintenance for All-on-4 dental implants is the same as your natural teeth, meaning regular brushing and flossing are all that is required to keep them looking great.
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What are dental implants and what are the advantages?
Dental implants are small anchors that replace tooth roots. A custom-made post attaches to the anchor at one end and holds a crown at the other that matches your natural teeth. They can be made from titanium or zirconia, offering a permanent fixture with bone or an alternative for metal allergies. Dental implants have many advantages, such as improved oral health, comfort, appearance, speech, eating, and confidence. They are long-lasting, durable, and convenient, eliminating the need for removable teeth. Once placed, dental implants become a natural part of your mouth and can last a lifetime, providing a reliable and effective tooth replacement solution.
How Do I Know If I Am a Candidate for Implants?
Determining if you are a candidate for dental implants depends on two main factors: having enough bone at the implant site during placement and being committed to following instructions and proper follow-up care. Fortunately, the majority of patients are suitable for implants, and only a few medical and dental conditions might make someone unsuitable. If you’re considering implants, a thorough examination of your mouth and a review of your medical and dental history will be conducted. Even if your mouth isn’t ideal for implants initially, there are ways to improve it to enhance the outcome and predictability of the procedure.
How Many Implants Do I Need?
The number of implants you need depends on the type of tooth replacement you require. For a single missing tooth, one implant is used to support a crown. If you need to replace multiple teeth with a you may need two or three implants to support a fixed bridge. For a complete upper or lower jaw tooth replacement with a denture, typically a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 8 implants are placed.
The type of prosthesis recommended for you, whether removable or fixed, also affects the number of implants needed. Removable prostheses, also referred to as snap on dentures, may attach to a bar or ball in socket attachments, while fixed ones are permanent and can only be removed by the dentist. Permanent dentures are also often referred to as hybrids, all on 4 (implants), all on x, or teeth in a day.
Can Implants Be Placed at the Same Time A Tooth Is Extracted? And is it painful?
For some patients, dental implants can be extracted at the same time a tooth, thanks to surgical advances and innovations. Using a cone beam scan, or a 3D X-ray, the doctor can immediately determine if you are a candidate for same-day placement.
With single-stage implant surgery, the procedure is similar to traditional two-stage surgery, but these implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them. Temporary caps or abutments are placed immediately, sticking out of the gum tissue. They require about 8 to 12 weeks of healing before artificial teeth can be placed on them. While it’s not suitable for every patient, the advantage is that they only go through one surgical procedure.
In most cases, a surgical guide can be made to allow for the most accurate implant placement. It looks like a small mouth guard with a hole customized for the implant(s). This surgical guide makes the procedure less invasive by eliminating an incision or open wound. It also allows for faster healing and less recovery time.
Generally, dental implant surgery is quite manageable, and any post-surgery discomfort can be controlled with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication or using ice on the area.
Are dental implants expensive?
The cost of this dental implant procedure can vary depending on several factors, such as the number of implants needed, the type of prosthesis used, and the complexity of the individual case.
Dental implants are generally considered an investment in your long-term oral health and quality of life, as they offer a durable and permanent solution for replacing missing teeth. While they may have a higher upfront cost compared to some other tooth replacement options, their longevity and benefits often make them a cost-effective choice in the long run.
It’s important to remember, since they are an individual unit, implants eliminate the need to compromise healthy, natural teeth like that in a fixed bridge. A fixed bridge is permanently cemented over natural teeth. The connecting unit is the one that replaces the missing tooth. Implants allow teeth to remain as single units making it easier to clean and floss, reducing the likelihood of further dental issues.
How to care for dental implants?
Dental implants offer durability and a natural appearance, but to ensure their longevity, practice good dental hygiene, get regular cleanings and checkups, and follow ups.
With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime, providing you with a stable and long-lasting tooth replacement option.
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