Dental Implants Tampa

Implant dentistry, as the name suggests, makes use of dental implants to repair/restore damaged teeth. A dental implant can be understood as an artificial tooth root which creates a permanent foundation for a new replacement tooth.

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Dental Implants

Implant dentistry, as the name suggests, makes use of dental implants to repair/restore damaged teeth. A dental implant can be understood as an artificial tooth root which creates a permanent foundation for a new replacement tooth.

Dental implants, a long-term solution

At All Dental Tampa, our team of dentists have consulted numerous patients with missing teeth and resolved these issues with the help of dental implants. We specialize in all types of implant dentistry including single dental implant, multiple implants and all-in-four implants and have become well known for some of the best dental implants Tampa has to offer.

In comparison to dentures, crowns and bridges, implants are an effective and popular long-term solution for those who have severely damaged or missing teeth. An implant is surgically placed into the patient’s jawbone, underneath the natural gum-line. This helps the dentist in mounting a bridge or replacement tooth into the area. A key advantage of an implant is that it won’t come loose from the gums. Further, dental implants are also beneficial for your overall oral health since there is no need to anchor them to the other teeth, as is the case with bridges.

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Single dental implants

Sometimes an accident, injury or long-term decay/damage (periodontal disease) may cause you to lose a tooth. It is possible to replace that single tooth with a dental implant. The new replacement tooth will appear and function exactly like your old, natural tooth.

There are several advantages of replacing just one tooth instead of utilizing the traditional bridge approach. The biggest advantage is that the health of the neighboring teeth is preserved. In the long run, single implants could be more aesthetically appealing and simpler to clean and maintain as compared to a bridge. With a bridge, gums could sometimes end up receding. Further, there might be a noticeable defect if the bridge’s metal collar or base gets exposed.

A dental implant is available in a variety of different sizes. When replacing molars, it is best to choose a full-size implant since these teeth are responsible for doing most of the chewing work. During the initial consultation, the dentist determines the exact dimensions of your jaw before the implant surgery. This allows him/her to identify the right tooth implant in each patient’s case.

Multiple dental implants

A dental implant isn’t always required for just a single tooth. In some cases, patients might have more than one missing tooth. Yet the gums and surrounding teeth might be healthy and intact. In such situations, the dentist may suggest treatment with multiple dental implants. In multiple implants, two fixtures may be implanted with the crown attachment and the remaining natural teeth stay intact. There are typically three steps involved in the procedure:

First the dentist surgically remove the damaged teeth, generally using the bone grafting technique. This helps preserve the natural shape of the gum tissue and the bone. Next the dentist will place the dental implants–this may be done immediately post teeth removal, or after a few weeks have passed. Following this, the final implant-supported bridge will be attached. Dentists suggest that implant bridges could be an excellent option for those who have more than two missing teeth and want to avoid detachable partial dentures.

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All-in-four dental implants

Is it possible for only four implants to replace your entire teeth set? Surprisingly, the answer is yes. Medical research suggests that over 35 million Americans have their entire lower and/or upper teeth set missing. But instead of living in discomfort or opting for dentures, most people prefer what is known as ‘all-in-four’ implant restoration.

The all-in-four implants may be described as a set of permanent, fabricated teeth that are bonded on implants and surgically positioned into the jaw. These implants appear and feel like your natural teeth.

Dr. Oneal explains why these advanced ‘all-in-four’ implants are so popular among patients. In reality, one does not require an implant for every missing tooth in the mouth. You simply need four accurately placed implants in the lower, and four in the upper part of the mouth. These are sufficient for restoring your original smile. The all-in-four dental implants are made from titanium and are thus capable of fusing into the living bone of the tooth.

This means that the implant eventually becomes a part of your jawbone and is a solid, durable foundation for the new teeth. The implants used in an all-in-four procedure are placed at a specific angle. This allows for more contact due to natural bone support. Further, the all-in-four implant placement procedure does not usually require any bone grafting; a common practice in conventional implant procedures. Hence, these implants are helpful in saving both money and time.

How implants are placed

At the initial consultation, the dentist will do a thorough examination of your mouth and this may involve a visual assessment and some other tests e.g. x-rays. Antibiotics are usually given before the surgery and the procedure is performed under the effect of either IV sedation or local anesthesia.

During the procedure, the dentist will make an incision in the missing tooth/teeth area and open up a flap. He/she will then prepare the bone by using a small drilling machine (a hand-piece used at low speeds). A titanium implant with a rough surface is placed in the preparation. This implant is attached to the preparation by the process of screwing. Bone grafting is used when a portion of the implant surface fails to get concealed by the bone. After this, the dentist replaces the tissue flap and stitches it in place. It is vital for the implant to stay undisturbed in its place for about four to six months.

Dental implant restoration costs can vary and are usually dependent on factors like the teeth number being replaced, number of implants required and so on. Sometimes, additional procedures are also needed before the dental implant surgery to ensure long-term oral health. Once the dentist examines your mouth and determines your individual needs, he/she will be in a better position to provide you with the exact cost estimates.

To learn more about dental implants or to schedule a consultation with one of our dental professionals and take advantage of the best dental implants Tampa has to offer, contact us at All Dental Tampa today!

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