South Tampa Dental Implants
People are enjoying longer healthier lives than ever, and while regular brushing, flossing, and checkups allow many of us to maintain our natural smiles for a lifetime, sometimes our teeth just can’t keep up. If you’ve lost a tooth (or a few teeth) due to disease or injury, dental implants can rejuvenate your smile, oral health and they way you feel about yourself.
A dental implant is a safe synthetic tooth root in the shape of a post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. The “root” is usually made of titanium: the same surgically safe material used in many replacement hips and knees, and a metal that is well-suited to safely pairing with human bone and tissue. A safe, perfectly color matched replacement tooth is then fixed to the post. The tooth can be either permanently attached or if need be removable. Permanent teeth are more stable and feel more like your very own natural teeth.
Candidates for implants are ideally a non-smoker who has a history of good oral health, including a sufficient amount of bone in the jaw, and healthy gums with little to no symptoms of gum disease.
Single or Multiple Implants
Implants can be very versatile. In the event you are only missing one tooth, then one implant plus one perfectly color matched replacement tooth will do the trick. If you are missing several teeth in a row, a few strategically placed implants can support a permanent bridge. Similarly, if you have lost all of your teeth, OPĒS Health dental can construct a full dental bridge or full denture can be permanently fixed in your mouth with a strategic number of implants.
Advantages Over Dentures or Bridges
Your South Tampa Dentist can install either conventional bridges and dentures which are not fixed to the bone, and can therefore be unstable. Dentures can make it difficult to eat, smile or chew gum with confidence. Dental Implants not only look real, but feel and act more like your own natural teeth, with a natural biting force. Implants don’t compromise the health of your natural teeth, because they don’t directly rely on neighboring teeth for support. In fact, Dental bridges are only expected to last (7) seven to (10) ten years – even less with root canals – whereas dental implants will typically last a lifetime.
Dental Implants Post-Treatment Care
Consider your replacement teeth to be the same as your own natural teeth. They will always require the same daily brushing and flossing, and regular checkups at your South Tampa Dentist. Just like your own natural teeth, the better you take care of your replacements, the longer they will last.
Our South Tampa Dental implant services include:
- Sinus Lift Augmentation: Many times the sinuses will enlarge after a loss of the upper back teeth. This can preclude placement of dental implants in the upper back areas of the mouth, because the sinus is an air-filled space and dental implants need to be surrounded by healthy solid bone. A sinus lift graft/ augmentation is a surgical procedure that restores the sinus cavity to its natural, healthy original size, and replaces the bone that had been lost as a result of the enlarged sinus. This healthy new bone graft typically takes (9) nine to (12) twelve months to fully heal before the new dental implants can be safely placed into the grafted bone.
- Autogenous Bone Grafting: On occasion, the ideal areas for your dental implants do not have sufficient healthy bone quantity to support the implants. If this is the case, it is often necessary to “harvest” healthy bone from another area of your mouth and graft it into the troubled area. In most cases, the area of choice is from the back of the jaw where your wisdom teeth used to be.
- Implant Site Development: In the case where a tooth needs to be removed due to various types of infection, it is common for there to be lost bone around the infected tooth. If this is the case, various types of bone grafting can be done at the same time the tooth is removed to speed up the placement of a dental implant at a later date.
- Computer-Enhanced Treatment Planning: At OPĒS Health we have special computer software that allows us to evaluate your dental CT scan in (3D) three dimensions for bone location, bone quantity, and bone quality, enabling the best possible placement of your dental implants.
- Implant Maintenance: After your dental implant restoration is complete, it is critical to keep the treated area clean and infection-free. Dental implants can accumulate tartar and plaque just as fast as teeth can. A professional cleaning schedule will be necessary to keep your implants healthy, whether you have just one tooth replaced by an implant or several.