What are dental implants, and how do they work?
Dental implants are one of several tooth replacement options available at our Pensacola, Florida, office. If you are currently considering your options for tooth replacement, Drs. Gina and Christopher Gomez of Gomez Family Dentistry can assist you.
What is a dental implant?
Our team at Gomez Family Dentistry defines a dental implant as a custom, artificial tooth root that is surgically embedded into the jawbone to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. It’s made of titanium and other materials compatible with the human body, making them biologically safe. Dental implants act like anchors for the replacement teeth and can replace one or more missing teeth without impacting adjacent teeth. They also help preserve facial structure, reducing bone degeneration that often accompanies bridgework and dentures. In addition, since they become a part of your mouth, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
Am I a proper candidate for dental implants?
At Gomez Family Dentistry, we offer traditional dental implants designed to help restore your smile based on your specific needs. Drs. Gina and Christopher Gomez will carefully evaluate if you are a good candidate for these restorations. The best candidates are those missing one or more teeth with sufficient jawbone structure available to ensure a successful surgery. This can be determined using dental X-rays to look at the structure of the jaw and mouth and decide on the best placement of the implant for desired results. If you don’t have sufficient jawbone to place an implant, many times bone can be added to the site in question to ensure a successful implant surgery.
How are dental implants used?
Dental implants are versatile, making them a reliable choice for many patients experiencing tooth loss or extraction. These restorations can be used to replace a single tooth. These can also be used on one or both sides of a dental bridge, offering a foundation when patients might not have surrounding teeth. Alternatively, dental implants can also be placed along the dental arch to hold a full conservative denture in the smile for complete restoration.
What alternative options are available?
Dental implants are just one of many tooth replacement options in our practice, including full dentures, partial dentures, and dental bridges.
Call (850) 429-4664 to request an appointment at our Pensacola, FL, area office to find out if you are a proper candidate for this and other solutions.
Dental implants are titanium roots, that are replaced with in the jawbone to resemble a tooth or group of teeth. A screw is inserted through the gums and into the jawbone. A porcelain crown is then attached to the screw to become the new tooth or teeth. They can be used to support dental prosthesis including crowns, dentures, and bridges. Today’s treatments are so natural looking, no one will know you had surgery. There’s approximately a 95% success rate for all implants. With modern advances in dentistry, some implants can be restored immediately with life like all porcelain crowns. For more details ask your dentist.