If you have lost one or more teeth, you have probably already noticed a problem with chewing and biting. You probably also don’t like the way your smile looks, and how you appear in public. It might even seem like your entire quality of life has been degraded just because you’ve lost a couple teeth. Dental implants can help restore those teeth, and it can help restore your lost confidence.
Once you’ve had your dental implants installed, you’ll look completely natural again. Implants do not move around like dentures, because they are well anchored to the jawbone. You will derive a number of benefits from having implants installed. Some of these include psychological benefits, social benefits, and physical well-being benefits. On top of all that, a dental implant will normally remain intact for your entire life.
The procedure itself begins with a scan to determine whether your jawbone is strong enough to support a titanium post. A model of your mouth is then taken, so that a replacement tooth can be made. Then the implants are fitted into sites on the jawbone, and are left alone so they can fuse with the jawbone.
Then an abutment is installed that joins the implant to a crown, which replaces the lost tooth. The longest part of the whole procedure occurs while you’re waiting for the post to fuse with the jawbone. Because the posts are made of titanium, they are extremely biocompatible, and fuse very well with your jawbone. This is what provides such a solid anchor and strong support for the new tooth in your mouth. Implants are one of the most successful procedures in all of dentistry.
Vatech PaX-i3D Imaging technology, an advanced type of digital radiography provides our dentists with a 3-dimensional digital image of your entire mouth, even areas that are not commonly visible to the human eye like the structures beneath your teeth and gums. The model even includes teeth roots and internal canals.
Scans take only seconds, limiting your exposure to radiation. There is no doubt that this technology is a great improvement over standard x-rays.
The tools available with this technology enable us to reduce the risk of treatments as well as plan surgical care with more accuracy.
The implant team usually includes either a periodontist or an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who surgically places the implant, and a prosthodontist or general dentist who designs and fits the replacement teeth or permanent bridge.
At Innovative Dental and Orthodontics, your prosthodontist and dental implant dentist, Dr. Amit Kamat, will surgically place the dental implant in the area that is best suited for a replacement tooth or bridge.
1At the first appointment, we use a 3D scan to determine if the jaw bone is adequate to hold the titanium post.
2Models of the mouth are often made using a soft, pliable plastic compound. These models show where the gaps are located and provide measurements for a replacement tooth or a bridge.
3Treatment with dental implants requires meticulous planning for best results.
4A surgical procedure is required (using local anesthetic and sedative) in which precision channels are created in the jawbone, often using a surgical guide. The implants are then fitted into the sites so that they are in contact with the bone. They generally require two to six months to fuse to the bone before they can have tooth restorations attached to them to complete the process.
5Immediately – at the same time an implant is placed (or after a period of healing), an abutment is attached to the implant. This is a device that “abuts” or joins the implant to a tooth form called a crown, which replaces the tooth part you see in the mouth.
6The custom crown is cemented or screwed onto the abutment to permanently keep it in place and should be indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
A: We offer in-house financing, with 24-month payment options that carry no interest. We also do not use credit checks, so all patients are approved
A: Yes, we offer all the latest and most effective orthodontic options, many of which are clear and undetectable.
A: We can perform virtually all cosmetic procedures at our practice, including veneers, crowns, bonding, whitening, dental implants, and clear braces.
A: Yes, we do. We feel it is very important for everyone to have access to the best possible dental care, and that’s what we provide at Innovative of Oviedo.
A: Yes, this is a proven technique for dental implants, and for some patients it really can be done in a single day. However, it’s not suited to all patients, and one of the reasons the procedure can be completed in a single day is because some significant pre-planning occurs beforehand.
You might be surprised at the number of problems which can develop if you fail to take care of misaligned teeth. Because crooked or crowded teeth can be difficult to clean, some serious oral issues might well develop. Tooth decay is more likely to occur, as is gum disease. You might even lose a single tooth or several teeth if the condition gets bad enough.
Crowded teeth can trigger other oral issues as well. When teeth are misaligned, the surfaces of those teeth can become worn down abnormally. It can also force a misalignment in the jawbone, which eventually leads to trouble with chewing. Your gums can also be stressed much more than normal when you have dental misalignment.
This can lead to discomfort in various areas in the upper body. You could feel soreness and discomfort anywhere in your head, face, or neck. When it gets to this point, it might become a very costly expenditure to try to correct the whole situation. Any patients who have an overbite, a crossbite, widely spaced teeth, or crowded teeth are good candidates for orthodontics. Keep in mind that the orthodontics are not just for teenagers and adolescents. Almost anyone can be a candidate for orthodontics, if they have one of the oral conditions mentioned above.
It’s literally never too late to correct your smile and improve your overall dental health. If you are an adult, you may find clear braces more appealing than conventional braces. At Innovative of Oviedo, we offer a number of alternatives to accomplish teeth correction. After consulting with you about your goals and objectives, we can recommend an option which is best suited for your budget and for your needs.