Dental Implants

Implants are a great way to replace missing teeth. If you have lost a tooth, it is likely that one of your options is to replace it with a dental implant. Dental implants are the most natural replacement for a missing tooth.  Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about Dental Implants:

What Is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a titanium metal replacement for a root of a tooth that is surgically implanted in the jawbone. Though there’s some evidence that ancient people may have tried to create dental implants from pieces of shell, nothing beats modern titanium. In the 1960’s, it was discovered that bone will grow so close to a titanium implant that bone and implant essentially become one.

As the body heals for approximately two to six months after the surgery, the bone around the implant fuses to the implant through a process called osseointegration. After the healing phase is complete, the implants are used to anchor crowns, bridges, or dentures.

What Is the Dental Implant Process Like?

The process should begin with a thorough evaluation of the patient’s medical and dental history, and a full clinical examination of the entire mouth and missing tooth area. The clinical exam should also include specific X-rays. After assessing the patient, a comprehensive treatment plan can be devised. From that point, implants are surgically placed in the jawbone under local anesthesia. The length of the healing time is based on the quality and quantity of bone, as well as the type of implant placed. After adequate healing is allowed to occur, the implant can be used to support a crown, bridge, or denture.

How Many Dental Implants Should Be Placed?

This is a question that should be determined during the treatment plan. A good rule-ofthumb is to place one implant for each tooth replaced. Other decisive factors for the number of implants needed for success is the quality and quantity of the patient’s bone. Equally as important are the existing anatomy of the bone and the financial resources of the patient. Placing enough implants to restore teeth is vitally important to the long-term success of the restoration. Simply stated, the most costly mistake is to have an implant fail because not enough implants are placed to support the teeth. If the number of implants is limited due to financial constraints of the patient, then the implant treatment should be avoided or the type of restoration must be altered.

Who Should You See about Getting Dental Implants?

When getting dental implants, you should select a dentist or dental team with in-depth knowledge and prior experience with all aspects of the treatment. It is important to know that implant treatment consists of two components: a surgical phase and a restorative phase. Traditionally, a dental surgeon, like an oral surgeon or a periodontist, performs the surgical component. A general dentist, or prosthodontist and laboratory technician performs the restorative component. However, as implant dentistry has become more sophisticated, sometimes a dentist who specializes in restorative dentistry conducts the entire procedure.

Are There Different Types of Dental Implants?

Yes, several types are available. The American Dental Association considers both the endosteal and the subperiosteal implants to be acceptable. An important factor for selection is to determine whether your jawbone can adequately support the implant. Most dental implants placed today are endosteal root form fixtures (similar to a manmade tooth root).

More knowledgeable patients have more input to offer their dentists about their implant treatment and have better chances of a successful treatment outcome.

Dental Implants If several of the teeth are missing or damaged, you really should check out dental implants.

Great advances are already made in implant technology, and the procedure of having several placed is already easier and fewer expensive. Unfortunately, the fee is just not usually covered with insurance.

Dental implants enables you to permanently replace missing teeth. A titanium device that may anchor artificial teeth is surgically implanted in the jawbone.

Dental implants can improve overall look, replace dentures and make chewing easier. The amount of dental work that must be done determines the length of time the dental implant procedure will require and the way many visits on the dentist is going to be required.

Teaching your son or daughter how to manage their teeth is just not as difficult as it can sound. While they may forget sometimes, it is up to you to remind them. Children lead by example, so you need to make your teeth in tip-top condition if you wish to prove to them how it is performed.

“We truly appreciate great patients, and are very thankful for the opportunity to serve our community,” says Miami Beach Dentist, Dr. Mereos. Whether you need dental implants, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, dentures, cosmetic dental surgery, crowns, or just a cleaning we can help.

Call us today at (305) 532-9114 Our office is conveniently located in the South Beach area of Miami Beach right on Alton Road.