Close the Gap in Your Smile
Are you concerned about the impact of a missing tooth on your appearance and your ability to chew food easily? You may benefit from dental implants, the newest option to replace missing teeth. Miami Lakes, FL, dentist Dr. Ana Maderal Cozad and oral and maxillofacial surgeons Dr. Jose Garri and Osbel Borges of Allure Smile Center in Miami Lakes, FL, answer a few common questions about dental implants.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant replaces your entire missing tooth, starting with the root. The small titanium post acts a replacement root, supporting and anchoring the dental crown that will eventually be attached to it. The implant process begins with a minor oral surgical procedure in our Miami Lakes office. During the procedure, the implant is placed in a small opening made in your jaw. Thanks to titanium's unique ability to bond to bone, your implant fuses to your jawbone in approximately three to six months. Once the implant fully bonds, or osseointegrates, it's topped with a dental crown, an artificial tooth that looks just like your natural teeth.
Who can benefit from implants?
Implants are a good choice for most people who want to restore lost teeth. Although many people know that implants can replace single missing teeth, not as many realize that it's possible to replace all of your teeth with dental implants. Implant-supported dentures offer a more comfortable alternative to removable full dentures and also help you avoid loss of biting power that can occur when you wear full dentures.
You may be a good candidate for dental implants if:
- You're tired of dealing with the hassles of a missing tooth. If you don't like the way you look, or you find eating to be a much more difficult experience after tooth loss, you can benefit from dental implants.
- Your gums are healthy. Healthy gums help hold in your implant in place. If you lost a tooth due to gum disease, you'll need to be completely disease-free before you begin the implant process.
- You have good jawbone depth. A shallow jawbone can't adequately support an implant. As a result, it may become loose. Luckily, the jawbone can be deepened with bone grafts in many cases.
Are you ready to find out if dental implants are a good restoration option for you? Call Miami Lakes, FL, dentist Dr. Ana Maderal Cozad and oral and maxillofacial surgeons Dr. Jose Garri and Osbel Borges of Allure Smile Center in Miami Lakes, FL, at (305) 827-9148 to schedule your appointment.