Dental Implants in West Palm Beach
If you live in West Palm Beach or the surrounding area, and you are looking to have treatment with dental implants, or want to learn more about dental implants, you’ve come to the right place! We hope you find the information below helpful, and we encourage you to contact us with any questions you may have, and to learn more about Dr. Asinmaz and his training and expertise.
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are titanium screws that are placed in the jaw to replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. You can think of dental implants as simply the prosthetic equivalent of the root of a tooth. Dental implants have many important uses in dentistry and are a main reason for the advances that have occurred in dentistry over the last two decades.
Why should I get a dental implant?
Dental implants will allow you to increase your ability to chew food as well as improve the appearance of your smile by restoring the spaces left from missing teeth.
Missing teeth not only reduce your chewing ability and take away from your smile, but your remaining teeth will have a tendency to shift and cause changes to your bite. This can put unfavorable stress on all your other teeth and can cause more dental problems such as cracking of teeth, spaces between teeth, crowding of teeth, decay, jaw bone and gum disease and jaw/TMJ pain.
Is this going to hurt? How long does it take?
Dental implants are often placed with minimal post-operative discomfort. A single implant can be placed in as little as 30 minutes with precision thanks to technological advances.
Can my bone support an implant?
A dental implant needs adequate bone quantity and quality in order to be placed successfully. X-rays and CT scans, as well as clinical examination will determine whether you have enough good bone to place an implant. If not, not to worry! With today’s bone grafting techniques, we can prepare an area that does not have enough good bone and turn it into one that can accommodate a dental implant.
How long do dental implants last? How long do I have to wait before I can have teeth put on them?
Dental implants have approximately a 97% success rate and will generally last a lifetime. Implants usually require about 3-4 months of healing time. And during this time, your body will actually begin to build new, healthy bone around the implant and “lock” the implant in place. This process is what we call “osseointegration”. Once this process is complete, we can begin to restore (place a crown) the implant.
How can dental implants help me have teeth?
Here are some amazing ways dental implants can be used to restore missing teeth:
- Implant crown: a dental implant will be restored with an implant crown and now the missing tooth is replaced “as good as new”.
- Implant bridge: depending upon the number of teeth that are missing, multiple implants can secure a fixed (non-removable) implant bridge. The bridge can replace as few as 3 teeth all the way up to replacing all teeth.
- Implant denture: multiple implants can be used to secure a removable denture in place. The denture will “snap” into place and this will provide extra retention. It is a nice to know your denture will always be secure when eating and speaking.
- Fixed-removable denture (hybrid): multiple implants can be used to fabricate a full denture that is screwed down. It is called a fixed-removable because it is screwed down in place but can be removed by the dentist if needed for repairs.