Dental Implants in Bradenton
Permanent Tooth Replacement Solution
Dental implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence.
If you are one of the many people living with missing teeth in the Bradenton area, contact our office to schedule your dental implants consultation!
What Are Dental Implants?
The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts that protrude through the gums are then attached to the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
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The Surgical Procedure
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your dentist is forming new replacement teeth.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Christian will uncover the implants and attach small posts that protrude through the gums and will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. When the artificial teeth are placed, these posts will not be seen. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.
Dental Implants Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.
There are even situations where the implants can be placed at the same time as a tooth extraction – further minimizing the number of surgical procedures. Dental Implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. While Dr. Christian performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary, the restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.
Dental Implant FAq’s
What Types Of Prosthesis Are Available?
A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth – each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by the dentist.
Why Select Dental Implants Over More Traditional Types Of Restorations?
There are several reasons: Why sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge a space? In addition, removing a denture or a “partial” at night may be inconvenient, not to mention that dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.
Are You A Candidate For Implants?
If you are considering implants, your mouth must be examined thoroughly and your medical and dental history reviewed. If your mouth is not ideal for implants, ways of improving outcome, such as bone grafting, may be recommended.
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Do Implants Need Special Care?
Once the implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists.
For more information about dental implants at our Bradenton FL office or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Christian please call us at Bradenton Office Phone Number Bradenton Office Phone Number 941-794-1788“> Bradenton Office Phone Number 941-794-1788.
Where will my surgery be performed?
Your surgery will be performed here in our office surgical suites.
How long will I have to be off work or school?
You may resume normal activities immediately if you are not sedated. If sedated, you will need to take the remainder of the day off of work or school.
How long until I can exercise again?
You can resume regular exercise and heavy lifting after 7 days.
When will my prescriptions be given to me?
Prescriptions such as antibiotics and pain medicine will be sent electronically to your preferred pharmacy the morning of your surgery.
How long do I leave out my retainer or night guard?
If they make contact with the surgical site it is suggested to leave these oral appliances out for 3 days after surgery.
What foods can I eat after my surgery?
Post-op implant care is specific and will be covered in detail at your consultation.
Can I smoke after my surgery?
Smoking should be avoided for a minimum of 3-4 days.