Restore Smiles with Dental Implants
Dental implants provide patients with incredibly natural looking and feeling tooth replacement options. Dental implants allow patients to eat foods they may have missed out on due to severe tooth decay. Confidence is often restored as patients look in the mirror and see a stunning smile. Tooth loss may have occurred due to injury or advanced tooth decay. Whatever the reason, the Hialeah Dentist to see for top-notch dental implants which can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth is Dr. Lilian Gonzalez.
Single Tooth Implants
When a single tooth is replaced, any existing root structure is removed. A biodegradable titanium rod is placed in the jawbone. After a period of healing that can vary from 3-8 months depending on individual patient needs, a connector piece called an abutment is added and then a crown is attached. The beauty of this type of prosthetic tooth is that it matches existing teeth in both size and color. Oral hygiene is easier because recipients are able to brush and floss as though the tooth were natural. In fact, the implant may provide a tooth that is stronger than the original.
Traditional bridges attach to nearby natural teeth. This makes it difficult to properly clean the affected natural teeth. Bridge implants replace two or more teeth that are in line with one another. As long as there is sufficient bone structure to hold the titanium rods in place, a bridge implant can often prevent the need for further extraction and the need for dentures. With bridge implants, the healthy teeth are left alone, so keeping healthy teeth clean and decay-free is made easier. The bridge is stand alone, so patients end up with strong, natural looking teeth which are permanent.
What to Expect
Initial placement of the titanium rod is usually done with local anesthesia and is reported to be on par with a tooth extraction in terms of comfort/discomfort. Dr. Gonzalez works with patients to meet their needs at Dental American Group in Hialeah, FL. Once the healing process is complete and the crown is in place, implants are cared for in the same manner as natural teeth. Patients should continue to brush twice a day and floss, followed by a fluoride mouthwash to protect teeth. Continue to visit the dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings to maintain the new smile achieved with the help of dental implants.