At one time, dentures were the only way to restore lost teeth. Today, advances in dental technology have made dental implants a more ideal long-term solution for missing teeth. These custom-made artificial teeth, which are secured to permanent titanium anchors in your jawbone, are designed to look just like your natural teeth. At FL Dental Spa in Lighthouse Point, Florida, Dr. Michael Gertsen provides comprehensive dental implant restorations to patients living throughout the Broward County area. If you’re interested in learning more about dental implants, call the office or book your appointment online today.
Dental implants are custom, artificial teeth made from enduring, medical-grade metallic and ceramic materials. They have two components: A titanium implant, which is surgically anchored into your jawbone like a real tooth root, and an artificial tooth, or porcelain crown, which is fitted onto the implant.
Dental implants are considered one of the most important developments in modern dentistry. It’s not surprising, then, that they’re one of the most frequently requested offerings of cosmetic dentistry.
Implants are strong, stable, and permanent, and they also blend in perfectly with your natural teeth, making them ideal for filling gaps to restore your smile. Whether you’re missing one tooth or all 28, dental implants are an ideal, long-lasting solution.
Because implants require dental surgery, it’s essential that you have sufficient bone structure, healthy gums, and good immune system function. In general, patients who are healthy and have adequate bone mass are able to get implants.
To make sure your jawbone provides a sufficient anchor for the implants, you have a 3D cone beam CT scan prior to surgery. This special X-ray produces a 3D image of your teeth, soft tissues, nerves, and bones. The image reveals essential details about your bone structure and helps Dr. Gertsen determine the exact type of implant you need.
Dental implant surgery is an in-office procedure performed with local anesthesia. After Dr. Gertsen surgically anchors the titanium root into your jawbone, he secures your gum over the implant, leaving it covered to encourage it to fuse with your bone. Once the implant is fully fused, he finishes the restoration by attaching a post to the implant, and affixing an artificial tooth, or porcelain crown, to the post.
The amount of time it takes for you to complete a dental implantation procedure varies, depending on the quality of your bone and how quickly your body heals. For patients whose bodies take a long time to heal following the initial implant surgery, the entire process can take as long as nine months. For patients who have good bone quality and heal quickly, the process can go much faster.
Patients who have certain systemic health problems, including diabetes or leukemia, may not be able to undergo implant surgery, because such illnesses can interfere with the body’s ability to heal.
Smokers aren’t ideal candidates, either, because they also tend to heal slowly. To find out if implants are a good option for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Gertsen today.
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