Complete Dental Implants Placement and Restoration
Are you missing one or more teeth? If so, advanced dental implants can give you a renewed smile and complete oral function. Following surgical placement in your jawbone, these small metal posts can support a permanent dental restoration that will be virtually identical to your natural teeth. Jacksonville Implant Dentist, Dr. Lysandro Tapnio can place and restore implants in one easy location. Beginning with a comprehensive consultation, he will determine your candidacy for treatment and develop a unique treatment plan just for you. He will monitor your recovery, provide stunning restorations, and ensure your complete satisfaction with your smile. Contact us today to learn more about this option and to find out if you are an implants candidate.
Dental Implants Permanently Replace Missing Teeth
Dental implants will fuse with your surrounding bone tissue, becoming permanently anchored in your jawbone. Once your bone and the implants have integrated, they will support a restoration that will never slip out of place. Implants can hold a crown, bridge, or denture, depending on your needs. Bridges typically require two implants for support, while dentures need four or more.
Preparing for Implant Treatment
Before placing your implants, Dr. Tapnio will examine your jawbone. He will take x-rays to look for signs of bone recession and determine your need for preparatory bone grafting. With this procedure, he can restore lost bone tissue so that your implants will have strong support. He will also decide what type of implants you might need. For example, mini implants can be a good option if you have suffered bone recession. In many cases, Dr. Tapnio can use these implants with no need for bone grafting. Finally, your surgeon will decide the optimal positions and angle for your implants. With this precise treatment planning, he can provide more durable restorations, and he can minimize your recovery time.
What to Expect during Implant Placement
Following any needed prep work, your implant placement will typically take place in a single day. Dr. Tapnio will numb your gums and bone. After making small incisions in your gums, he will create spaces in your jaw where he can place the implant posts. A special protein will help your bone tissue to heal around them more quickly. When the implants are in place, he will close your incisions, sometimes using dissolvable sutures.
What to Expect during Implant Restoration
Recovery typically takes four to six months. During the first several days, you will experience some minor to moderate irritation. You can usually keep this discomfort under control with non-prescription painkiller and a soft diet. In most cases, tissue inflammation will fade after a few days. However, it will be four to six months before your bone fully integrates with the implants. You will need to wait until you have fully healed before you can receive your final restoration, but in many cases, Dr. Tapnio can supply a temporary one during this period. Although designed for the short-term, these replacement teeth will offer a lifelike look and feel.
After osseointegration is complete, Dr. Tapnio will use small abutment pieces to attach your restoration to your implants. Our partner lab uses state-of-the-art equipment and materials. Dr. Tapnio will work hand-in-hand with this facility to ensure your satisfaction and beautiful smile.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
When it comes to tooth replacement, you have several great options to choose from. Still, no other dental restoration offers the same benefits that implants can provide. First, implants will usually last the rest of your life, provided that you maintain proper dental hygiene. Second, because the posts are firmly anchored in your mouth, they will not slip out of place. In addition, implants offer a more lifelike appearance, since the restoration sits right against your gums with no need for metal clasps or attachment pieces. Finally, implants have important advantages for your oral health. Unlike traditional bridges, they do not affect your nearby teeth. They can also prevent bone recession and additional tooth loss.
A single missing tooth can be replaced with a crown supported by an implant. Two or more missing teeth can be replaced with a multi-unit bridge supported by an implant. If you are missing all of your teeth on the upper or lower arch, a hybrid denture can be placed on as few as four implants.
Schedule a Restorative Consultation
Dental implants are today’s gold standard of care for replacing missing teeth. We invite you to learn if dental implant therapy is appropriate for you. Contact Jacksonville Implant Dentist Dr. Tapnio today to schedule an evaluation.