The value of a natural tooth is priceless. It provides the ability to bite and chew and keeps your jaw bone and facial structure youthful and strong. When a tooth is lost, conventional replacements cannot replicate what a real tooth does. However, Davis & Beyer Dental Health Professionals in Venice, FL, offers a prosthetic which closely mimics what nature provides. This restoration is the dental implant, and if you qualify, Dr. Davis, Dr. Beyer, or Dr. Lewicki can rebuild your smile permanently.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth composed of:
- A titanium metal screw or cylinder inserted under the gums and into the jaw bone by your dentist
- A metal extension post bonded onto the implant during a second in-office surgery
- A beautiful and durable ceramic crown cemented onto the extension post
Placed one-by-one or in multiples-at-a-time (to anchor either bridgework or dentures), dental implants fully integrate with the bone in your jaw. This seemingly miraculous process is known as osseointegration, and it is the secret behind the implant's decades-long lifespan, natural biting/chewing ability, and lifelike aesthetics. Once fully healed, a dental implant is just as strong and immovable as a healthy natural tooth, leaving patients to remark how their implants feel indistinguishable from their real teeth.
Can you get a dental implant or implant-retained restoration?
Only a thorough oral examination and review of your medical history at Davis & Beyer Dental Health Professionals in Venice will tell you if you can receive dental implants. Your dentist will use his on-site Cone Beam CT scanner to inspect your bone structure, for possessing a sufficient and healthy jawbone presence is essential to implant success. If all is well, you will then undergo an implant procedure that is comfortable (only needing local anesthetic) and relatively quick (requiring just one visit).
However, you will have to wait several weeks-to-months for your implant to fully integrate with your jaw before your dentist adds on the metal extension post and porcelain crown. Fully healed, your implant can withstand the significant pressures exerted by biting and chewing.
Caring for a dental implant
Your implant is as easy to care for as a natural tooth. You need to simply,
- Brush twice a day
- Floss daily to remove plaque
- Receive semi-annual exams and cleanings at your dentist's office
- Wear a bite guard if you grind or clench your teeth
- Avoid chewing tobacco and smoking
Tobacco usage threatens implant success and retention because the toxins in tobacco can cause an infection called peri-implantitis. Peri-implantitis is similar to gum disease and it can ruin the gum tissue and bone surrounding an implant, causing the restoration to fail.
Find out more
Most dental implants are highly successful and give patients functional, healthy, no-gap smiles. Please contact Davis & Beyer Dental Health Professionals' Venice office for a personalized consultation with one of our dental teams. We have early morning hours. Call (941) 488-1075 today!