Miami and Coral Gables, Florida
Living with a lost tooth, or multiple lost teeth can have consequences that go far beyond affecting your ability to eat or embarrassment about your smile. Over time, an individual who loses a permanent tooth will experience bone deterioration, may be more vulnerable to losing other teeth, and has an increased risk of other oral health issues such as active gum disease.
Looking for a permanent tooth replacement option?
Restore your smile with a dental implant, which is considered the only permanent tooth replacement on the market. An implant is considered the finest tooth replacement available in restorative dentistry today because it is the only tooth replacement option that also replaces the tooth root via the implant screw itself. This implant screw is placed surgically into the jawbone, providing the stimulation that previously came from the tooth root. When a person loses a tooth, this stimulation is lost, eventually causing the deterioration of the supporting bone structure and weakening the support for adjacent teeth.
Implants are considered a permanent tooth replacement unlike other restorative options, which must be adjusted, maintained, and eventually replaced. Implants actually are quite easy to maintain; just brush and floss them the same way you would your existing natural teeth. Implants also look, feel, and function like natural, healthy teeth.
Who is a candidate for dental implants?
If you have been living with lost teeth and are interested in receiving a dental implant, you need to make sure you are a good candidate for the procedure. Implants are not for everyone. They are not recommended for children, or should not be installed in patients suffering from gum disease. It is important that your gum tissue be as healthy as possible before beginning an implant procedure. If you have active gum disease, you will need to have the infection treated first before receiving dental implants. Miami Designer Smiles has a comprehensive treatment program for periodontal disease.
Dental implants – oral health is primary factor
Good oral health is another factor. You should have no other significant issues with your teeth or mouth before undergoing a dental implant procedure. Any dentist who is performing a dental implant should conduct a thorough examination of your oral health before beginning the procedure, which will determine your candidacy for a dental implant.
Non-smokers are considered better candidates for dental implants, as smoking can increase the risk factor for complications during and after the procedure.
How many teeth need replacing?
At Miami Designer Smiles, we can use dental implants to replace a single tooth or, through the All-On-4 system, we can replace multiple teeth up to an entire lost dental arch.
Not every dentist is qualified to install a dental implant. This is a complex and intensive procedure that only should be performed by a professional with significant experience in restorative dentistry, as well as qualifications in oral surgery. The staff at Miami Designer Smiles has all the qualifications you would desire in an implant dentist.
To learn more about dental implants or determine your candidacy, call our office today at (305) 595-4616 to schedule a consultation.
Miami Designer Smiles is proud to provide comprehensive oral health care for patients in the South Florida communities of Miami and Coral Gables.