People lose their natural teeth for a variety of reasons, including tooth decay, dental disease, trauma to the mouth, or simply the effects of aging. If you have lost one or more natural teeth recently, it’s important to fill the gap left behind as soon as possible. Having missing teeth can weaken your jawbone, give your face a sunken appearance, and make it challenging to chew or speak.
Dental implants in Lighthouse Point, FL, are a popular choice among patients who need to replace missing teeth. Compared to other options like dental bridges or removable dentures, dental implants look, feel, and function as close to your natural teeth as possible.
The Three Parts of a Dental Implant
A dental implant for a single tooth contains a titanium post that our dentist installs in your jawbone with a dental drill. The post serves the same function as your natural tooth roots. Over time, the implant screw fuses with any remaining bone in your jaw.
The two other parts of a dental implant are a piece called an abutment and the replacement tooth. After your jaw has had several weeks to heal, you return to FL Dental Spa to have our dentist attach the abutment to the part of the implant screw visible above your jawline. The final step is to secure the artificial tooth to the abutment.
People who are missing all their natural teeth can also receive dental implants. Our dentist implants four titanium posts in each jawbone and then attaches the abutments and artificial teeth. The name of this procedure is All-on-4.
Preparing to Receive Dental Implants
If you are interested in dental implants in Lighthouse Point, FL, the first step is to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists. A member of our dental team will take several X-rays of your jaws, gums, and remaining teeth to assist with planning for your dental implant procedure. Your dentist may ask you to take antibiotics for a few days before your surgery to ensure that you don’t experience any complications.
This appointment is also a chance for you to ask any questions you have about preparing for and recovering from oral surgery, along with a more in-depth explanation of the many benefits of dental implants.