State-of-the-Art Tooth Replacements with Boca Raton Dental Implants
If you wear a partial denture or have gaps where teeth are missing, dental implants are a great way to get new permanent teeth. Missing teeth should always be replaced, and dentures are one way to do that. However, dentures are famous for being annoying and inconvenient, shifting while you chew, and becoming too loose over time. Dental implants offer an alternative treatment option providing more stable results at the Boca Raton dental practice of Dr. Kenneth Mogell.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root. They're made from titanium because it was discovered that bone bonds with titanium very easily, and grows in around it. The implant is a small cylinder with ridges for the bone to attach to. It can be used in several ways:
- As the root for a single tooth.
- To support a bridge. Several implants can be carefully placed such that many artificial teeth will be firmly supported. A bridge relies on neighboring teeth for support, but with implants, no such support is needed.
- To support a denture, making it solid and comfortable.
Two Types of Implants
- The most common type is placed right in the jawbone (endosteal implant). Good bone density and volume are needed for this type.
- The other type, called subperiosteal, is placed on the bone, underneath the gum tissue and protruding up through it to support the artificial tooth. This is done if you have insufficient bone for an endosteal implant.
Endosteal implants are done in two stages. In the first stage, the implant is placed by Palm Beach implant dentist, Dr. Mogell. Then a period of several months is allowed to pass while the bone bonds itself to the implant fixing it firmly in place. While this is happening, you can wear a temporary tooth replacement.
Some implant systems require a second visit, when the established implant is exposed and a small extra piece is added called an abutment. It's a little metal piece and that holds the replacement tooth in position. After this, the gums are given a few weeks to heal.
Other implant systems already have this post attached to the implant, so this extra visit isn't needed. Dr. Mogell determines which system is best for you.
In the second stage, a crown is attached to the implant, or the abutment, if one was needed. The crown is made of porcelain and matched to your natural teeth color. It's permanently attached, and soon becomes just like another one of your teeth functioning and feeling no different. You'll forget you ever had this implant procedure done.
It's not wise to leave gaps in your teeth for long. The neighboring teeth start to move migrating in an effort to fill the gap. This can create misalignment, which leads to a faulty bite. Then symptoms start appearing such as headaches, sore jaws, pain down into the neck and shoulders, and tooth grinding. You may have developed TMJ, temporomandibular joint syndrome (also known as TMD, temporomandibular joint disorder).
Dental Implants Frequently Asked Questions
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a titanium screw that acts as an artificial tooth root. This is “implanted” into the bone of the lower or upper jaw and serves as an anchor or “artificial root” for a replacement tooth. Implants can be used singly to replace just one tooth or in multiples to replace many missing teeth in the form of partial or total dentures. Fewer follow up visits are required for teeth replaced using implants versus other options such as bridges and removable partials.
What do dental implants feel like?
A restored dental implant feels like a normal tooth. Implants require no adhesives such as denture glues and pastes because the implant is fused to your living bone and acts just like a real tooth.
What do dental implants look like?
The porcelain crown attached to your implant is matched to the exact color of your teeth and will look completely natural. Because there is no chance of slipping, as with dentures, your dental implants restore your confidence in eating, speaking, and smiling!
Are dental implants the right choice for me?
If you have lost teeth due to injury or other causes such as decay or gum disease, a dental implant is ideal no matter your age. Dr. Mogell will ensure that you are a proper candidate for implants – the ideal patient has healthy gums, good oral health, and a strong commitment to brushing and flossing. Enough bone near the missing teeth is needed for the implants to attach to the jaw. If necessary, procedures such as bone grafting prepare your mouth for implants even if you are not an ideal candidate.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Your oral health is a major factor in overall well-being. Because the titanium implant fuses to your jaw, the bone loss that typically occurs when teeth are lost is minimized. Preserving this bone structure is important to help maintain remaining natural teeth as well as your natural facial contours. Patients that are missing teeth also tend toward poor nutritional habits – another factor in maintaining overall health. The renewed self-confidence when you smile, chew, and speak is itself a benefit that can be life changing for some patients.