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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!
Everyone has to face the music at some time — even John Lydon, former lead singer of The Sex Pistols, arguably England’s best known punk rock band. The 59-year old musician was once better known by his stage name, Johnny Rotten — a brash reference to the visibly degraded state of his teeth. But in the decades since his band broke up, Lydon’s lifelong deficiency in dental hygiene had begun to cause him serious problems.
In recent years, Lydon has had several dental surgeries — including one to resolve two serious abscesses in his mouth, which left him with stitches in his gums and a temporary speech impediment. Photos show that he also had missing teeth, which, sources say, he opted to replace with dental implants.
For Lydon (and many others in the same situation) that’s likely to be an excellent choice. Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement today, for some very good reasons. The most natural-looking of all tooth replacements, implants also have a higher success rate than any other method: over 95 percent. They can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch (top or bottom row) of teeth. And with only routine care, they can last for the rest of your life.
Like natural teeth, dental implants get support from the bone in your jaw. The implant itself — a screw-like titanium post — is inserted into the jaw in a minor surgical operation. The lifelike, visible part of the tooth — the crown — is attached to the implant by a sturdy connector called an abutment. In time, the titanium metal of the implant actually becomes fused with the living bone tissue. This not only provides a solid anchorage for the prosthetic, but it also prevents bone loss at the site of the missing tooth — which is something neither bridgework nor dentures can do.
It’s true that implants may have a higher initial cost than other tooth replacement methods; in the long run, however, they may prove more economical. Over time, the cost of repeated dental treatments and periodic replacement of shorter-lived tooth restorations (not to mention lost time and discomfort) can easily exceed the expense of implants.
That’s a lesson John Lydon has learned. “A lot of ill health came from neglecting my teeth,” he told a newspaper reporter. “I felt sick all the time, and I decided to do something about it… I’ve had all kinds of abscesses, jaw surgery. It costs money and is very painful. So Johnny says: ‘Get your brush!’”
We couldn’t agree more. But if brushing isn’t enough, it may be time to consider dental implants. If you would like more information about dental implants, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implants” and “Save a Tooth or Get an Implant?”
Due to financial circumstances, people often have a lost tooth restored with a removable partial denture, an effective appliance that restores function and a degree of aesthetic appearance. Later, though, they may want to improve both function and appearance with a dental implant.
If this describes you, you’re making a great choice. Dental implants are the closest technology we have to a natural tooth. But there may be a roadblock to your implant, especially if a long time has passed since your tooth loss—there may not be enough bone at the site to place an implant.
The heart of an implant is a titanium metal post surgically imbedded in the jawbone. The titanium naturally attracts bone cells, which grow and adhere to it to form a solid hold that can support a porcelain crown or other restorations like bridges or dentures. But to achieve a natural appearance it’s important that the implant is placed in the right location. To achieve that requires adequate bone.
But there may not be adequate bone if the tooth has been missing for a while. The forces generated when we chew travel through the teeth to the jawbone, which stimulates bone growth. If that stimulus is absent because of a missing tooth, new bone cells may not replace older ones at a healthy rate and the total bone volume begins to diminish. A denture can’t compensate and, in fact, accelerates bone loss.
But there may be a solution: bone grafting. With this procedure we place a donor bone graft into the area of bone deficiency some time before implant surgery. The graft serves as a scaffold for new bone cells to grow upon. Hopefully, this will produce enough healthy bone to support an implant. If the bone deficiency is minor, we may place the implant and the bone graft at the same time.
If you have experienced bone loss, we must first determine the amount of bone at the missing tooth site and whether grafting is a viable option. Bone grafting postpones your implant, but the delay will be worth the wait if we’re successful. With increased bone volume you’ll be able to obtain a new tooth that’s superior to your current restoration.
Tooth loss doesn’t have to be forever when there are dental restorations at your disposal.
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.
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.”