Sarasota Dental Implants are one of the best replacement options for missing teeth. They restore natural chewing function, stimulate your jawbone, and help you maintain a beautiful smile.
A Dental Implant is a titanium screw that’s surgically placed into the bone to replace the root of your tooth and then topped with a crown after healing. A dental implant is the only tooth-replacement option that actually integrates with your jawbone for a strong, durable restoration.
During this process, the implant heals by forming a bond with the jawbone called osseointegration. This process takes a few months to complete, but is the reason why implants have such long-lasting results.
When you lose a tooth, the space left by the missing tooth causes adjacent teeth to shift out of place and create an uneven bite. This can lead to misalignment and other oral health problems. It can also erode the jawbone and cause it to deteriorate, leading to bone loss over time.
This can be a problem if you’re missing a single tooth or several teeth, as the missing space can make it difficult to properly chew food and keep your mouth clean. The area can also become prone to infection, as gum disease and other dental conditions can weaken the bone around the gap.
You may be a candidate for dental implants if you are missing one or more teeth due to tooth decay, periodontal disease, or other reasons. Your dentist will determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants and provide an evaluation for treatment.
Your dentist will then create a custom treatment plan to address your specific needs and goals. Your treatment plan will outline the steps for placing and restoring your new dental implants.
Once your treatment plan is created, your dentist will prepare an implant treatment site in your mouth. This will involve slicing a small portion of your gum tissue so the implant can be inserted.
When your implant is positioned, it’s important that you are completely comfortable so that the process goes smoothly. We can help you feel more at ease during the procedure by offering medication for pain relief.
Depending on the type of implant you receive, your doctor will make an incision in your gums to allow access to the bone beneath it. Once the incision is made, your dentist will carefully place your dental implant into the socket.
The dental implant is a biocompatible metal alloy with a porous surface that promotes the integration of the implant with your jawbone. This surface is usually titanium but can also be zirconium oxide or gold alloys.
In addition to the titanium, your dentist will use a special dental cement to secure your implant in the bone. Once your implant is fully integrated with your jawbone, a connector post (called an abutment) will be attached to the implant.
Once your abutment is securely connected to your implant, it will be used to support a porcelain crown that looks and feels like your natural tooth. The implant-supported crown can be made to match the color of your other natural teeth or to blend with your smile.