Dental Implants (Implanted Crowns, Bridges, and Dentures) – Lake Mary, FL

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Overview

If you are looking for a long-lasting solution to replace a missing tooth or teeth, implant dentistry may be an ideal option for your needs. Experienced cosmetic dentist Dr. Patricia Roach is happy to offer dental implant solutions for patients in Lake Mary, FL. Dental implants are metal posts surgically placed in your jawbone to replace the root of a missing tooth. One or more posts can be attached to a dental crown, denture, or bridge for a natural-looking restoration that offers the feel, function, and appearance of your real teeth. Dental implants provide a wide range of advantages when it comes to replacing teeth that are irreparably damaged or that have already been lost. This tooth replacement solution carries no dietary restrictions and brings long-term benefits to your smile. If you need to fix a gap from a missing tooth or teeth, schedule a consultation at Orlando Advanced Dentists to hear more about your dental implant options. We invite you to talk to Dr. Roach about your needs and decide if implants are a good choice for you.

Best Candidates for Dental Implants

Tooth loss can affect your life in many ways, making it more difficult to eat a healthy diet, speak properly, and enjoy a confident smile. Implant dentistry can help you overcome these challenges by replacing damaged or missing teeth with a long-term solution. Dental implants can replace a single missing tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch by connecting to an implant-supported crown, bridge, or full-arch denture appliance. Many Lake Mary, FL patients chose dental implants over traditional tooth replacement options for the improved comfort and appearance this solution offers. Implants are surgically placed within the jaw and fuse with the bone over time.

To be successful, implants require a certain level of healthy bone in the jaw and gum tissue that is free from infection or disease. During your dental implant consultation, Dr. Roach will assess the health of your gums and jawbone to decide if you are a good candidate for implant dentistry. If needed, a bone graft may be completed before the implant is placed to strengthen the foundation and provide the support required for long-term stability. Dental implant surgery may not be a good choice if you are pregnant, use tobacco products, or have certain systemic health conditions.

What To Expect

Before the dental implant is placed, you may need to have damaged teeth extracted or a bone grafting procedure performed, depending on your unique dental condition. As soon as your mouth is ready for the implant to be placed, the treatment area will be numbed with local anesthesia. Sedation methods can be included to keep you comfortable during the process. Dr. Roach will create an incision in your gums and then insert the titanium post in your jawbone. She uses only the highest quality implant systems, such as those from Straumann, Nobel Biocare™, and Zimmer Biomet. The incision will be sutured closed with part of the implant visible above the gumline, or may be covered completely with gum tissue to allow the area to heal. This process will continue if multiple posts are needed. As the implant integrates with the jawbone and gums over the next several months, a temporary crown or other provisional restoration may be used to cover and protect the implant. Once Dr. Roach decides the dental implant is stable, your custom restoration (crown, denture, or bridge) will be attached to the implant post(s) and adjusted for a proper fit.

Recovery

You may notice some temporary swelling in your gums and face, as well as bruising, discomfort, and minor bleeding, following your dental implant surgery. Dr. Roach will tell you what to expect and when to contact our office. She may also write a prescription for pain medication to keep you comfortable during the recovery process. As soon as your implant site has healed and your customized restoration has been attached, you should maintain a good oral care routine at home, including flossing, brushing, and using mouthwash each day. It is important for you to attend annual dental exams and biannual cleanings at Orlando Advanced Dentists so that Dr. Roach can track the health of your implant and restoration. Implant-supported restorations can be cared for just like your regular teeth with regular brushing, flossing, and routine preventive dental care.

Dental Implants

Implant dentistry can be a wonderful choice if you would like a natural-looking replacement for a missing tooth that is easy to maintain, allows for excellent oral function, and lasts for many years. Dr. Roach can help you understand the entire procedure, including surgery to place the implant post in your jaw and your custom restoration options. Do not let tooth loss impact your quality of life. If you would like to learn more about overcoming tooth loss with the benefits of implant dentistry, make an appointment at Orlando Advanced Dentists today.

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