What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are tiny little posts that are surgically put into the jawbone. The posts act like a root for the artificial teeth that are put in. The teeth look, feel, and work like natural teeth do. People that have dental implants have the ability to eat what they want using the functionality of the implanted teeth and can smile with confidence, knowing the teeth look natural. Dental implants also help with keeping a person’s facial structure. When someone loses a tooth the bone within the jaw can begin to deteriorate over time, but dental implants help keep the bone structure.
If you would like to join so many others that have had dental implants, then you will want to schedule a consultation. During this time, our staff at Boynton Laser Dental will go over your medical history and complete a dental examination. We want to ensure that you are comfortable with the decision you are making and will take the time to address any questions or concerns you may have during the consultation. A successful treatment plan is extremely important to us, so we will work with you during the entire process.
For the majority of patients, dental implants will be completed in two phases. The first phase will be a surgical procedure to put the dental implants into the jawbone. After the implants have been inserted, the jawbone often needs time to bond with them.
The healing time after the procedure is different for each patient but, three to six months will be given for the implants to bond to the jawbone securing them. During this time, the patient will need to be on a diet of softer foods and can wear temporary teeth.
Once the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase will begin. The implants will be uncovered from the gums and a healing collar will be placed. Another two weeks will be given for healing, then an impression will be taken in order for your new teeth to be made. Once the teeth are done, attachments will be connected to the implants and the new teeth will be placed on the attachments. At Boynton Laser Dental, we understand how important it is for you to continue your life as usual. This is why we work to ensure there is little or no interruption to your daily life throughout this process.
What is the Difference in the Available Prosthesis?
If one tooth is missing, a single prosthesis, often called a crown, will be used. There will be a single dental implant used for each individual tooth. When two or more teeth are missing, a partial prosthesis, often called a bridge, will be used. This will replace two or more teeth in a row and often two or three dental implants will be used, depending on the number of teeth it is replacing. If a patient is looking to have all of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw replaced, then a complete dental prosthesis, often called a fixed bridge, will be used. The number of implants used in this case will depend on whether the complete prosthesis will be removable or fixed. A removable prosthesis allows the patient to remove it, and the fixed prosthesis can only be removed by a professional.
At Boynton Laser Dental, the safety of the patient is a primary focus. We ensure all equipment used for our procedures is sterile, along with having specialized rooms for these procedures to be completed which helps to raise the level of sterility.
Our Boynton Laser Dental dentists and staff use the most up-to-date procedures and technology by utilizing education seminars and study clubs. Contact us for all of your dental implant needs.