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By Davis & Beyer Dental Health Professionals
December 04, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Tooth loss doesn’t have to be forever when there are dental restorations at your implants

While most people just assume that only older individuals deal with tooth loss, the fact of the matter remains that anyone, no matter their age, can face this problem. From facial injuries to severe decay, there are many reasons a tooth may fall out or need to be extracted. Our Venice, FL, dentists Dr. Charles Davis, Dr. Brent Beyer and Dr. Frank Lewicki know that having gaps in your smile is unsightly and embarrassing, which is why we are happy to share with you how dental implants can get your smile back on track.

This small metal post may not look like much but you’d be surprised just how much it can do to turn your toothless smile around. Dental implants are placed into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure that our Venice, FL, general dentists perform right here in the office. While most people hear surgery and get a little nervous, we are here to assure you that the procedure isn’t nearly as invasive as you may think. Your mouth will be fully numb thanks to local anesthesia, so you won’t feel anything and you’ll be able to go home right after.

Of course, now that the implant is nestled within the jawbone something pretty magical start to occur. Over the course of three to six months, as the jawbone and tissue heal from the procedure they will also grow around and fuse together with the titanium implant that we placed within the jawbone. Once they have fully fused together the implant is now a permanent structure within your mouth, meaning that it could end up lasting the rest of your life.

The next step is to place the next piece of the implant. This piece is called an abutment and its sole purpose is to sit on top of the implant to connect it with an artificial tooth so that the tooth stays in place. Think of an abutment like a natural tooth that has been prepped to receive a dental crown. Once the abutment is placed during another minor procedure we will wait a couple of weeks to let the gums heal before placing a dental crown over the abutment to finalize your tooth replacement treatment.

Are you ready to say goodbye to tooth loss? We know you are! Let us help you get a beautiful full smile again. Call Davis & Beyer Dental Health Professionals in Venice, FL, to schedule your consultation.

By Davis & Beyer Dental Health Professionals
July 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

You’ve decided to obtain dental implants for your missing teeth. It’s a good choice — they provide the closest restoration to the function and appearance of natural teeth. You will, however, need to undergo a surgical procedure to imbed the implants’ threaded titanium posts into supporting bone.

It’s understandable if you’re a little apprehensive about undergoing surgery. We’re here, though, to set your mind at ease: implantation is a relatively minor procedure carefully planned in advance. Most patients experience no discomfort during the procedure and very little afterward.

We begin by completely numbing the surgical site with a local anesthetic. If you have a high level of anxiety, we can also administer a sedative or similar medication to help you relax. We then access the underlying bone through a series of incisions that create a flap in the gum tissue that we’ll later suture closed.

It’s quite common to have prepared a surgical guide or template beforehand. The template placed in the mouth marks the exact site for a small channel (or hole) we create in the bone. We then incrementally increase the size of the hole by drilling until it matches precisely the implant’s size and shape. This takes time to avoid overheating and damaging the bone.

We then remove the implant from its sterile packaging and insert it into the opening. We’ll also take x-rays to ensure correct positioning, which is critical for achieving an attractive result. We then suture the gum flap in place using stitches that will eventually dissolve. The implant will then integrate with the bone for a few weeks to create a strong, durable hold before we continue with the restoration.

Most patients can manage any post-surgical discomfort with mild anti-inflammatory pain relievers like aspirin or ibuprofen, although we can prescribe something stronger if you need it. We may also prescribe a mouthrinse with an anti-bacterial agent like chlorhexidine for you to use while the gums are healing to reduce the risk of infection.

Implant surgery is part of a long process that will eventually result in regaining the function of your lost teeth. What’s more, undergoing this minor procedure will also help you regain something just as important — a beautiful smile.

If you would like more information on dental implant restoration, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implant Surgery.”

By Davis & Beyer Dental Health Professionals
June 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental implants can benefit your mouth in more ways than just providing you with a beautiful smile. Improving both the appearance and dental implantsthe function of your teeth, dental implants are a modern, effective approach to an age-old problem. Find out more about dental implants and what they can do for you with Dr. Charles Davis, Dr. Brent Beyer, and Dr. Frank Lewicki at Davis and Beyer Dental Health Professionals in Venice, FL.

Improving Your Smile With Dental Implants 
Dental implants serve many purposes. Along with replacing a missing tooth to fill in the gap in your smile, dental implants replace your tooth’s root. This is important because the tooth’s original root was held in place by the jawbone. The implant also lies within the jawbone, which grows around it in a process known as osseointegration. This allows the implant to become a permanent part of your smile by taking advantage of the mouth’s natural healing process where the bone grows around the implant.

Along with replacing your tooth’s root, dental implants restore the biting surface of your missing tooth. This makes chewing more efficient and easier on your mouth, giving you the freedom to eat the foods you love. Implants also benefit the teeth surrounding the gap, keeping them from shifting to compensate for the extra room. Finally, the aesthetic value that dental implants bring to your smile is second to none. Considered to be the most natural looking and effective tooth replacement option available by countless dentists, dental implants can make over your smile to help you look and feel great.

Dental Implants in Venice, FL
Dental implants require several appointments and procedures and a strong commitment to your at-home oral care routine and regular dental appointments. Brushing twice daily and flossing at least once will keep your teeth and implants clean and healthy between regular dental examinations and cleanings every six months.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Charles Davis, Dr. Brent Beyer, and Dr. Frank Lewicki at Davis and Beyer Dental Health Professionals in Venice, FL. Call (941) 488-1075 to schedule your appointment for a consultation with your dentist today!

By Davis & Beyer Dental Health Professionals
November 23, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Do you have a missing tooth or do you expect to lose a tooth soon? Dental implants offer a simple way to replace your missing tooth dental implantspermanently. Dr. Charles Davis, Dr. Brent Beyer and Dr. Frank Lewicki, your Venice, FL dentists, explain how dental implants could help you.

Dental implants replace your entire tooth

No other replacement option replaces tooth roots. Your roots not only anchor your teeth in your jaw but also strengthen your jawbone. They constantly exert pressure on the bone, providing the stimulation the jawbone needs to remain healthy. When a tooth is lost, the area of the jawbone underneath can begin to deteriorate. If the bone becomes very thin and weak, your other teeth may eventually become loose and fall out. Implants prevent your jawbone from shrinking and weakening.

Nearly everyone can benefit from implants

Most people can benefit from implants. If you're in good health, don't have gum disease, have sufficient jawbone depth and practice good oral hygiene, you're a good candidate for implants. Smoking can decrease the success of dental implants because it tends to interfere with healing.

Implants are a good choice to replace one missing tooth, but did you know that they can also be used in place of traditional dentures? Implant-supported dentures are permanently attached to your mouth using six to eight implants per arch. When your dentures are supported by implants, they offer increased stability, which makes eating easier.

Implants are an excellent choice if you've lost a tooth due to decay or an accident, or if a permanent tooth just never appeared in the spot, just ask your Venice dentists.

The implant process is simple

The implant process does take a little time, but it's not complicated. During your first visit to the dentist, an opening in your jawbone will be made and an implant will be placed inside before covering it with gum tissue. During the next three to six months, the implant will bond to your jawbone. Once this crucial step is complete, your dentist will attach a connector to the top of the implant. A few weeks later, an artificial tooth will be added to the connector.

Ready to find out if dental implants are a good choice for you? Call Dr. Davis, Dr. Beyer and Dr. Lewicki, your Venice, FL dentists, at (941) 488-1075 to schedule an appointment.