Missing teeth can not only affect your bite, but the remaining teeth can also move and shift to fill those gaps in over time. At Parkwood Dental, our dental implants can permanently restore a full smile.
Located in East Bradenton and West Bradenton in Florida, Parkwood Dental is led by Dr. Oscar Hernandez. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out if you are a candidate for dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are permanent devices that screw into the jaw and act as replacement tooth roots. They create a solid foundation for a customized fake tooth that is either permanent or removable and fits seamlessly with the rest of your teeth.
During the placement of an implant, a small titanium rod is screwed into the bone socket of the missing tooth. As the jaw heals, it grows around the implant, fixing the rod into place. Once the jawbone has healed, another piece is attached to the rod to secure the tooth.
Why Do People Get Dental Implants?
Dental implants can provide several benefits to patients, such as:
- Improved speech
- Better appearance
- Increased comfort
- Improved ability to bite and chew
- Preventing dentures from slipping
- Increased mouth health overall as implants do not affect surrounding teeth
- Convenience of being permanently fixed in the mouth instead of removable
- Long-lasting results, lasting a longer period of time than temporary fixes
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Candidacy for dental implants often depends on several factors. Healthy individuals who have good gum health and enough bone in the jaw to hold an implant are often approved for this procedure, although some contraindicating medical conditions may require further evaluation such as diabetes, heart disease and smoking.
During your consultation, Dr. Hernandez will perform a comprehensive exam of your teeth using digital x-rays in order to determine the best course of treatment for you.
How Long Will My Dental Implant Last?
Implants are meant to last for several years, but they can be affected by improper oral hygiene. Patients who receive implants should be prepared to brush and floss regularly and maintain proper dental care as well as schedule routine visits to Dr. Hernandez for cleanings and checkups.
How Long is Recovery?
Typically, the jawbone takes about 12 weeks to heal, but this may vary depending on the patient and the extent of the procedure. Before your dental surgery, Dr. Hernandez will advise you on any pre- and post-surgical instructions you will need to know and monitor your new implant through follow-up appointments.
Contact Parkwood Dental today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hernandez and find out if you are a candidate for dental implants.