Dental Implants For Missing Teeth In Port Charlotte, FL
Missing one or more teeth can bother you in several ways. First, it can impact your health by preventing you from eating well. You need teeth for chewing, so if you’re missing any, you have a harder time chewing. Some foods could even be too hard to eat without a full set of teeth. Second, you can be embarrassed by the hard-to-miss gap in your smile. Every time you show your teeth, chances are that people are going to zoom in on that empty space and wonder what you did to lose a tooth. Your confidence is badly impacted. And third, without that tooth and its root extending into the jawbone, that bone starts to deteriorate. Even your other teeth can start to shift from their positions without the tooth in place.
At Dietrich Dental Services, we can give you back your beautiful, functional teeth with dental implants. These long-lasting, strong replacements will not just look natural in your smile; they will let you eat all the foods you love.
Dental Implant Procedure Explained
Each dental implant has three parts: root, abutment, and tooth. The root is made from titanium and is surgically implanted into your jaw. Since your natural teeth have roots that enter the jawbone, this portion is just mimicking what your real teeth do. (Why titanium? Due to the metal’s unique properties, it fuses to the bone to make it as strong as any real tooth’s root.) Once you are all healed, the abutment is attached to the root. Then we take a dental crown made to look and feel like your natural teeth and attach it to the abutment. When all’s said and done, you have a brand-new tooth that looks great and can last decades, possibly a lifetime.
Dr. John Dietrich places implants using computer-guided surgery. We create a three-dimensional image of your bone and other structures, which lets us know exactly how much room there is in that space. This allows us to place the implants more safely and accurately, meaning you can spend less time in the chair and more time enjoying your new smile.
Single Tooth Replacements
Because dental implants fuse with the jawbone after healing, they are held securely in your mouth and will not fall out. But that does mean you need a healthy jawbone, or at least a good amount of bone underneath the missing tooth. Without a root in place, that part of the jawbone will deteriorate. If you have been missing a tooth for a long time, there might not be enough bone there to hold a dental implant. Sometimes it is possible for us to place a bone graft to take care of this situation.
At our office in Port Charlotte, in certain situations, we can use mini dental implants. These work just like regular implants and are great solutions for replacing missing teeth. However, they are thinner than a traditional dental implant. This means they can be placed in parts of the jawbone too thin to hold a regular-sized titanium root. Please ask us about this option if you are considering implants.
Multiple Tooth Replacements
If you are missing a whole arch of teeth, it may be impractical to use single implants for the whole jaw. That’s why we also offer All-on-4 implants and implant-supported dentures.
All-on-4 implants can replace a whole arch or mouthful of teeth. Four titanium roots are surgically implanted in your jaw: two in the front, and two in the back. Instead of placing a single abutment and artificial tooth on each, we place a set of artificial teeth on them. The roots hold onto the teeth as securely as individual implants, giving you the same strength and durability but while replacing multiple teeth.
You obviously have heard of dentures, but you are probably familiar with the traditional removable kind that needs adhesive to stay in your mouth. With implant-supported dentures, implants and a bar attachment are used to hold the gum-colored mold and teeth firmly in your mouth. We also offer implant-retained dentures that snap onto several ball attachments on the implants. Our dentists will go over which option would work best for you and why.
Whether you need to replace one tooth or several, Dietrich Dental Services has the options you need to enjoy food and smiling again. To learn more about how we can replace missing teeth with dental implants, call us at [phone] today or use our convenient online form.