Dental implants are permanent artificial teeth. Unlike other types of teeth replacements, such as removable dentures, which may be loose and move while eating or talking, or fixed bridges that are cemented to remaining teeth, they are stable, and the healthiest way to replace missing teeth. They look and function as your original teeth.
Implant placement is a way to have permanent artificial teeth. Dental implants are metal anchors, usually made from a space-age metal called titanium, placed in the jawbone underneath the gum tissue. Over time, the jawbone will fuse (or osteointergrate) with the implant to provide a secure platform for a prosthesis (or artificial teeth) where natural teeth are missing.
Implants can be used to restore a single missing tooth, or a full mouth of missing teeth. The restoration can be a single crown (or cap) on one implant, to a full arch on multiple implants.
The full arch prosthesis can be removable or fixed (non-removable)
Our office uses the latest in state-of-the-art technology. We use a cone beam CT which provides a 3-D image for enhance diagnostic capabilities. With this technology, we can generate surgical guides for proper implant placement. Also, our office can use specialized growth factors to aide with tissue healing, and bone growth.
Sometimes if there is not enough bone for implant placement, additional procedure to help grow bone in the desired implant location must be performed. Such as bone grafts, and sinus lifts.
Other times, angled implants have to be placed to take advantage of existing bone to support the implants
Contact our office today, so that we can help you regain your smile.
Damone E. Smith, D.D.S
Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Adjunct Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Nova Southeastern University School of Dentistry
Florida Center for Oral Surgery & Dental Implants