Dental Implant Treatment in Winter Park
Dental implant treatment generally involves the placement of small titanium screws in the bone underlying the gum tissue, to which prosthetic teeth are later attached. They are considered to be a better tooth restoration alternative than dentures or fixed bridges because of their higher strength and longevity. Dental implants do not require adjacent teeth for placement such as a fixed bridge. Moreover, modern advances in technology such as CT scans and computer imaging software allow extremely predictable results.
Edentulous (toothless) areas are not just a cosmetic concern. Overtime, if an area of the mouth has lost teeth, the bone in that area will erode. This leads to weak support of adjacent teeth as well as facial structure changes when multiple teeth are missing. Functional issues can arise as well with missing teeth. Increased forces occur on remaining teeth when teeth are lost leading to premature wear and breakdown. Call us today at 407-629-2161 and schedule a free dental implant consultation so we can thoroughly discuss your options.
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Dental Implant Questions & Answers
Are Dental Implants Right For Me?
The most common indications for dental implant therapy are:
- Replacement of one or more missing teeth.
- Support of a non-removable “bridge” to replace multiple teeth.
- Support of removable full or partial dentures
- Patients who successfully pass a screening and evaluation can be considered as candidates for implant dentistry.
The primary limiting factor inherent in implant dentistry is the amount of bone available to receive and support the dental implant. If it’s determined that a patient does not have enough bone to support a dental implant restoration, bone grafting procedures may be considered. Heavy smoking and some medical conditions may preclude the use of implant dentistry.
What Happens At The First Dental Implant Appointment?
To determine the appropriate site for the dental implant placement, Dr. Peter Kelly, a dental implant dentist in Winter Park, Florida, typically takes x-rays. Sometimes CT scans may be prescribed as well. Impressions are taken of the mouth and then used by the dental laboratory to create a customized dental implant restoration. Many dental implant dentists fabricate surgical guides to simplify the placement of the dental implants.
What Happens At The Second Dental Implant Appointment?
At the second surgical appointment, the dental implant dentist makes an incision to expose the bone at the dental implant site. The dentist then prepares the site to receive the dental implant. Once the dental implant is secured, the gum tissue is sutured back over the dental implant.
The dental implant is left undisturbed for three to six months to allow it to osseointegrate with the bone. If the dental implant is in a visible area of the mouth, the patient may choose to wear a temporary prosthesis dental crown during the healing period. Dentures may be relined with soft liners to allow patients to comfortably wear them during the healing process.
What Happens At Subsequent Implant Dentistry Appointments?
Once the dental implants have been completely integrated with the bone, a post is attached to each dental implant. Winter Park Dental dentist Dr. Peter Kelly then uses his cosmetic dental expertise to create the permanent tooth replacement.
Dr. Peter Kelly offers implant dentistry to eligible patients in the Winter Park and the Orlando area. Contact us now to schedule a free consultation to see if dental implants are right for you. 407-629-2161