Are you missing one or multiple permanent teeth? Do you want to restore your smile’s appearance and function? Dental implants can provide an exceptional tooth replacement option that restores natural function and aesthetics to patients’ smiles. Implants are titanium posts surgically fixed in the jawbone. After dental implants fully heal, they provide support for a tooth crown, denture, or dental bridge. Dental implants restore normal bite function and natural smile aesthetics. Dr. Benson has advanced training in the placement of all types of dental implants for replacing one or more missing teeth.
Why Should You Replace Missing Teeth?
Even if you only have a single missing tooth, several dental problems can begin to occur due to lost teeth. The following issues are the ones we most commonly see when missing teeth are not replaced:
- Shifting Teeth: Natural teeth can shift if patients do not fill the gap in their smile left by missing teeth. Sometimes, the shifting teeth can overcrowd, leaving patients more prone to decay and bite issues.
- Gum and Dental Infections: Harmful bacteria can quickly collect in the socket left by a missing tooth. Furthermore, if a patient loses a permanent tooth or teeth due to decay and does not treat their infection, the infection can spread to other surrounding teeth.
- Bite and Speech Problems: One or multiple missing teeth can create an uneven bite. Over time, this uneven bite can place more pressure on the temporomandibular joints, leading to bruxism, headaches, and orofacial pain. Lost permanent teeth can also make it more difficult for patients to speak clearly.
Dental implants and other implant-secured restorations provide lasting support for patients missing permanent teeth. They also reduce the risk of jawbone deterioration.
Dental Implant Treatment in Sarasota, FL
Before beginning implant treatment, we ensure that patients are good candidates for treatment. We also ensure that there are no outstanding dental problems like cavities or gum disease before beginning. To start, we place the titanium implant post in the jaw bone and attach a healing cap to the implant. Over a period of three to six months, the implant fuses to the jaw bone. This process is called osseointegration. After this, we will place an abutment over the implant screw. This is what the restoration will attach to. We can create dental crowns for single missing teeth in our office, however, we also work with local labs to create more detailed restorations like dental bridges and dentures. After the restoration is created, we will attach it to the abutment and patients can leave our office with a new smile that functions and looks just like their natural smile. Many patients report an increase in functionality to their bite and self-confidence after the implant process is complete.
Patients with rows or full arches of missing teeth may need a restoration to renew the function and aesthetics of their smiles. While traditional dentures restore aesthetics, they lay on top of the gums, making it hard to bite and chew properly. Traditional dentures also do not support the underlying bone and gum tissue, making patients more prone to jaw bone deterioration.
Modern implant-secured dentures use support from multiple dental implants. As few as four dental implants can restore a full arch of missing teeth. To provide these dentures, we will take images of the smile to find the best places in the mouth to place the dental implants. After we place the implants, we will construct a custom denture and place the restoration once the implants fully fuse with the jaw bone.
Teeth In a Day
With SmartFix, patients can receive a restoration on the same day as their implant surgery. SmartFix is an implant system that allows us to create full-arch replacements for missing teeth.
We will require a consultation and examination before Teeth In a Day to see if you are a viable candidate for treatment. Using CBCT scans, we can view the entire structure of the mouth to plan where we will place the implants and restoration. When we place the implants and restorations, we place the implants at an angle to reduce the implants used and avoid the need for bone grafting. This method makes it possible for patients to receive functional restorations in a timely manner.
We use the Astra Tech Implant EV and Prime Taper Implant systems from Dentsply Sirona. Astra Tech uses short and narrow components for tight spaces and patients with limited vertical bone. The Astra Tech system also uses modified titanium to help the implant healing process and regenerate healthy bone tissue. This material can help the implants bond with the bone tissue for a stronger foundation.
Like the Astra Tech implant components, Prime Taper components use modified titanium. The Prime Taper components allow us to work with patients with compromised bone or lower bone density. These components allow for immediate loading with improved torque.
Dental Implant FAQs
Do you have further questions about dental implants? Continue reading to learn more about implants with answers to the following common questions:
Am I a dental implant candidate?
We recommend implants for patients who are in good oral health with healthy jaw bone tissue. However, we can recommend bone grafting services to add healthy bone tissue where it is needed. Our dental team can also provide root canal treatments or periodontal therapy.
What should I avoid after implant treatment?
Following dental implant treatment, avoid:
- Smoking and using tobacco products
- Intense exercise
- Aggressive brushing and rinsing
- Chewy, crunchy, and hard foods
- Hot foods or beverages
How do I sleep after dental implant treatment?
You should ensure your head is elevated during sleep for two to three days after surgery. Sleeping with your head propped up at a 45-degree angle encourages the healing process. Laying flat will constrict the blood flow to the treated areas.
Schedule a Dental Appointment Today
Contact our Sarasota dental office for restorative dental care at 941-270-9755. You can also schedule a dental consultation with us online.