Our dental family takes great pride in treating your family with the quality, compassionate care you deserve. To support this mission, Drs. Gina Bertuglia Gomez and Christopher Gomez have invested in training on the best treatments modern dentistry offers and state-of-the-art technologies, which help our Pensacola, Florida, team deliver such advanced care. This combination of technology and expertise adds to conservative (tissue-preserving), comfortable, convenient, precise, and safe dental services.
Traditionally, options to replace missing or failing teeth were limited to dental bridges and dentures. Replacement teeth in a dental bridge are held up by neighboring, natural “anchor” teeth. The anchor teeth must be crowned to support the new teeth (“pontics”). Dentures are stabilized either by attaching to remaining teeth or by natural suction and using denture products (like special adhesives).
Bridges are not the most conservative option because healthy teeth must be reduced. Dentures require ongoing “maintenance” because the supportive tissues retreat over time due to the lack of stimulation from teeth connected to the rest of the jaw. When this “bone resorption” process occurs, dentures will not fit as well as they did. They cannot conform to the mouth’s contours, and the denture base will slip around, interfere with eating and speech, and potentially cause sores and irritation.
Tooth replacement with dental implants is different. Each implant is positioned precisely in the jawbone to function like a tooth root. It is made from a biocompatible material (such as titanium), which means the implant is designed to naturally join or “osseointegrate” to the rest of the bone in the jaw. Once this process has occurred, the replacement tooth (dental crown) can be attached to the implant. So, the implant stabilizes or “roots” the crown in the jaw. This is the only type of tooth replacement that mimics the structure and design of natural teeth!
A natural appearance, healthy function, and long-term patient satisfaction follow this unique design. Plus, the implant helps to not only support the prosthetic tooth; it also helps to support the strength and health of the jawbone. Destructive bone loss is avoided or halted, and we do not need to continuously replace, reline, rebase, or otherwise adjust new teeth in these systems as we must with conventional tooth replacements such as removable dentures.
We have acquired additional training in implant placement and advanced implant procedures beyond dental school. This means we can handle every step of the implant process at our office. There is no need to be referred to a doctor who you don’t know or to a costly specialist. We are also equipped to provide highly sophisticated procedures such as sinus augmentation and bone grafting for patients whose mouths have sustained bone loss. These procedures allow individuals who might otherwise not be candidates for implants to enjoy all of the benefits this modern tooth replacement offers!
We also use cutting-edge diagnostics, like 3-D and digital imaging, to support accurate treatment planning. By ensuring your implants are placed precisely, we minimize the risk of early-stage implant failures. Just a few strategically positioned implants can be placed to retain many teeth. As few as four implants may even be used for complex rehabilitative cases and to stabilize an entire upper or lower denture.