Dental Implants Tampa, FL

One of our greatest joys is being able to help patients with missing teeth restore their smiles. Thanks to the latest dental technology, we can restore missing teeth with dental implants in Tampa. Dental implants look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. They will improve the appearance of your smile while promoting optimal oral health.

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Why Is It Important to Restore Missing Teeth?

Restoring missing teeth is essential to your oral health. Failing to replace a missing tooth can lead to several issues that can cause pain and further dental damage.

The roots of your teeth support and anchor the jawbone. Without teeth, the jawbone will eventually start to recede. The result is bone loss around teeth/roots adjacent to the missing teeth or an overall reduction in jawbone density in fully edentulous patients. As the bone recedes, it can make the face look shrunken, enhance wrinkles, and make a person look older than their years.

When you lose bone around the adjacent teeth, cleaning the gum pockets and root surfaces that might become exposed can be challenging. This creates a vicious cycle in which gum disease creates even deeper pockets and results in more gum and bone recession. Eventually, you can end up with loose teeth and need more extractions down the road. You’re also at increased risk for dental decay.

Another issue is malocclusion. The teeth naturally shift to fill in empty spaces. The shift can change your bite, causing some teeth to experience more bite pressure than others. Over time, the excess pressure can lead to cracked or broken teeth. Another side effect of malocclusion is damage to the jaw joints and muscle tension, which can make chewing difficult and lead to chronic headaches and migraines.

What Is a Dental Implant in Tampa?

A dental implant is strong, durable, and looks and functions like a natural tooth. There are typically three components to a dental implant in Tampa.

The Titanium Post or Screw

An incision is made in the gum tissue, and the titanium post is surgically placed into the jawbone. The gums are sutured once the procedure is complete.

After three to six months, the implant will integrate into the bone through osseointegration. Once this process is complete, the implant can act as the tooth’s root and support a dental crown.

Titanium is used because it is one of the strongest, most durable, and biocompatible materials available.

The Abutment

Once the implant is integrated into the bone, your Tampa dentist will create an incision to expose the top of the implant. They’ll place a temporary abutment on top of the implant, called a healing abutment.

After approximately two weeks, your gum tissue will heal, and your dentist will remove the healing abutment and place the permanent one. The abutment is screwed into the implant. An impression is taken so that a dental lab can fabricate a custom crown that can fit over the abutment.

The Dental Prosthesis

Finally, we need to add the dental restoration, typically a dental crown. The crown resembles your natural teeth and is made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a metal like gold. If you get a porcelain implant crown, we’ll match the shade of the porcelain to that of your natural teeth. The crown is cemented or bonded onto the abutment.

Who Can Benefit from Dental Implants in Tampa?

A patient with a single missing tooth can benefit from a dental implant, as can a patient who has lost all their teeth.

A single dental implant is ideal for patients who want to maintain good oral health and restore their smile after losing a tooth to trauma or decay.

Multiple implants can replace multiple missing teeth. Your Tampa dentist can have a surgeon place implants strategically in the jawbone. Then, your restorative dentist can restore the missing teeth with dental crowns or bridges.

Fully edentulous patients can benefit, too. Placing at least four dental implants in each arch can help secure a permanent denture. The patient never has to worry about their denture slipping or coming out while speaking or eating, and they’ll never have to use denture adhesive either.

A Missing Tooth Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Have a Beautiful, Healthy Smile

Patients lose their teeth for various reasons – from getting hit in the face and having a tooth knocked out to developing a tooth infection caused by dental decay.

But just because you lose a tooth doesn’t mean you can’t ever achieve good oral health again. Nor does it mean that you’ll never have a beautiful smile. You can achieve both with dental implants from your Tampa dentist.

A new implant (or implants), good dental hygiene at home, and regular dental visits will help prevent future tooth loss while giving you a smile you’ll love sharing with the world.

Would you like to find out if you’re a good candidate for dental implants in Tampa? Contact us to schedule an evaluation today!

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