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If you are looking for a secure tooth replacement option, look no further than dental implants in Pompano Beach, FL. Dental implants provide lasting support for patients with one or more missing teeth. At My Pompano Dentist, Dr. Andrew Browne will provide you with top implant services. You’ll be smiling a full smile in no time!
Dental implants are titanium rods that are placed permanently in the jawbone of a patient to hold a dental prosthetic in place. This procedure can be used to replace as few as one tooth and as many as an entire row of teeth. While the dental implants themselves can last a lifetime, the prosthetics are semi-permanent. With that said, if you properly care for your implant prosthetic it can last decades.
The placement process for dental implants begins with a trip to My Pompano Dentist, where you will meet with Dr. Browne for an examination and consultation. Dr. Browne will determine if you are a candidate for dental implants, and whether or not dental implants are the best choice to meet your needs. If he decides dental implants are a good fit, he will schedule an appointment for the next step of the process.
If you are having a tooth pulled or you have multiple teeth that need to be removed to place implant dentures, Dr. Browne will perform this procedure first. If not, he can begin the surgical placement process during your next visit. During this process, Dr. Browne will cut into your gums and install the metal rods that hold your implant prosthetic in place. Once they are securely placed, time will be needed for the area to heal and for the bone to fuse with the rod. After the healing process, your dentist will secure the prosthetic via an abutment (or multiple abutments if there are multiple implants).
Before you know it, you’ll have a beautiful smile free of gaps!
There are actually multiple types of dental implants. Below are some of the most common…
These types of dental implants are very common and are intended to replace a single tooth. With that said, your dentist may decide to place multiple single implants.
An implant-supported bridge is similar to a traditional bridge, with the main difference being the bridge is held in place with one or more implants. This provides excellent strength and security for the patient, without the surrounding teeth needing to be reshaped to hold the bridge in place.
Implant-supported dentures are a nice mix between dental implants and dentures. As the name implies, this form of dental implant is used to replace a traditional denture, so it spans the entire row of teeth. Implant-supported dentures are easy for patients to remove to clean and leave out overnight.
All-on-4 are similar to implant-supported dentures in that they replace an entire row of teeth. One of the main differences between the two is that all-on-4 are semi-permanent and cannot be removed by the patient. This provides an added level of strength and security.
There are a lot of fantastic benefits to dental implants and reasons why you’ll want to consider having them placed. Below are some of the benefits of dental implants:
· Appearance. If you have a gap between your teeth, you know how self-conscious it can make you feel. Having a missing tooth or teeth can lower self-confidence, which may lead to smiling less. This, in turn, can affect your overall mood. Dental implants fill the gap and allow you to smile wide with confidence.
· Better bite strength. Having missing teeth can make it difficult to bite and chew. With an entire row missing, it’s next to impossible. Dental implants provide superior bite strength, which allows you to eat your favorite foods without worry.
· Preventing teeth migration. Did you know that your healthy teeth may begin to migrate over time if there isn’t something there to fill the gap? This migration can lead to crookedness, crowding, and impacting other teeth. Dental implants fill the gap between teeth and stop healthy teeth from shifting and migrating.
· Better oral health. When your teeth shift, it makes it much more difficult to properly care for them. Brushing and flossing can be a challenge if you have crooked or crowded teeth. Without being able to properly brush and floss, you increase your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, root infection, and more. As dental implants keep your teeth from shifting, it makes it easier to care for your healthy teeth and gums.
· Longevity. Unlike other replacement options, dental implants can last a lifetime. While the prosthetic eventually needs to be swapped out, the implants themselves generally do not.
Whether or not you are a candidate for dental implants is a decision that will need to be made between Dr. Browne and you. There are a couple of factors that will help to determine whether or not you are a candidate for dental implants, though.
One major factor as to whether or not you are an ideal candidate for dental implants is the integrity of your jawbone. Over time, if you have a missing tooth or teeth, your jawbone will begin to deteriorate. When this happens, it becomes much more difficult (or impossible) to place dental implants. You may have the option of undergoing a bone graft procedure, though, which strengthens the jawbone and allows for the placement of dental implants.
Another big factor that needs to be considered is cost. Your insurance may or may not cover a dental implant procedure. Even if it does, you’ll need to consider the co-pay. While the cost of dental implants may be higher than other replacement options, keep in mind this option is permanent (where other options are not). They also provide a superior level of support.
During your consultation and examination, Dr. Browne will let you know if you are physically capable of having dental implants placed. From there, the financial decision can be made.
The Bone Graft Procedure
If your dentist decides a bone graft procedure can help with the placement of dental implants, he will recommend the treatment. This procedure involves the placement of bone tissue at the site where the bone has deteriorated. Over time, the new bone tissue begins to fuse with the jawbone and strengthens it. Once the bone has become stronger, your dentist will be able to install the dental implant or implants.
The success rate for dental bone grafting is extremely high. The main downside is the cost, which can be high. Ask Dr. Browne about the procedure if you have a deteriorated jawbone but would still like dental implants.
Taking Proper Care of Implants
It’s very important to keep in mind that—while dental implant prosthetics aren’t natural—your surrounding teeth and gums are. You still need to take proper care of your oral health to ensure your gums don’t develop gingivitis and your healthy teeth don’t decay. The last thing you want is to have to replace more teeth!
Continue to brush, floss, and rinse as usual. If you need help with your brushing or flossing technique, let us know. We’d be happy to walk you through how to properly brush and floss to avoid tartar and plaque buildup. Remember to brush and floss around the dental implant. It’s best to treat implants like natural teeth.
Another very important part of oral healthcare is visiting your dentist every six months for a cleaning and checkup. During this time, you’ll receive a professional teeth cleaning, a visual examination, and possibly x-rays. Your dentist will be able to check on the health of your new implant, along with your natural teeth, gums, and jawbone.
If you don’t have an appointment scheduled for your next regular cleaning and checkup, reach out today and get one booked!
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