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Dental Implants Are A State-of-the-Art Solution to Tooth Loss

Animation of implant supported dental crown While there are several options available today for rebuilding a patient’s smile, none are as lifelike or as long-lasting as dental implants. Why are they so successful? It’s simple – implants replace the ENTIRE natural tooth, not just the visible, white portion that’s known as the crown. With a new tooth root in place, the patient’s jawbone is able to remain full and healthy, and oral function is greatly improved as well. Better yet, our doctors at Jacksonville Complete Dentistry offer the entire procedure right here in-office for maximum convenience and comfort! If you’d like to find out whether or not you’re the right candidate for dental implants, just give us a call today.

Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Most patients that have lost a tooth or teeth are ideal candidates for dental implants.  The ability to replace a missing tooth with implants depends on a patient’s medical condition, the quantity of bone, the location and quality of remaining teeth, and a few other factors.  The real answer to this question is simple; feel free to contact us for an evaluation.  We are happy to give you options, benefits and drawbacks, and answer all questions you may have!

What Happens During The Dental Implant Process?

After you’ve undergone an initial consultation and our team has determined that you’re a good fit for one or more dental implants, we’ll need to start by surgically inserting the biocompatible implants into the jawbone. By doing so, we allow them to form a bond with your natural tissue and eventually create a rock-solid foundation for new “teeth.” This essential process, which is known as osseointegration, will take just a few months to complete.

There are three parts to an implant; the implant itself, the abutment, and the crown.  The implant serves as a root replacement.  The abutment inserts into the implant after healing and serves to connect the implant to the crown.  The crown is the visible portion in the mouth.

The procedure is simple and often can be completed in less than an hour, often without the need of a single suture.  After the area is numb, the implant is gently placed into the bone.  Patients leave and can resume their daily activities.  Our patients routinely state that they feel little to no post-appointment discomfort or pain and are generally surprised how simple it was.

Once we’re satisfied that your mouth is healed, the patient will return to our Jacksonville location so that we can start planning their high-quality restoration. This restoration will attach over the implants and remain permanently fixed in place.

How Do You Restore Dental Implants?

There are several options available for restoring dental implants, and our doctors’ recommendation will depend on the number of teeth that need to be replaced and the patient’s own personal preferences. They include:

Implants and Dentures

Implants have been the best thing to happen to dentures since the invention of dentures.  At Jacksonville Complete Dentistry, we have found incredible success helping our patients replace teeth by combining dental implants and dentures in a variety of ways.  If you would like to discuss your unique situation, feel free to contact us at any time.

There are several ways in which dental implants can help us with dentures:

Overdentures

When a tooth is lost, the jawbone begins to change.  Those changes result in smaller ridges.  The problem with this is that a denture needs a good ridge to grip.  A good grip is needed to retain a denture.  Many patients that have dentures find that the dentures do not stay in place sufficiently.  This is where the overdenture can help.

An overdenture is a denture with special attachments that are designed to snap onto dental implants.  This snap can significantly benefit the retention of a denture.  Often four implants are used in the upper arch and two in the lower.  The implant is placed inside of the jawbone.  After it integrates with the bone, the dentures can be snapped onto the implant.  The results often are transformative!

Implants and Partial Dentures

Some patients do not have enough teeth to keep a partial denture properly in plane.  Other patients show gums when they smile and a partial denture would normally show metal when smiling or laughing.  Other patients have partial dentures that do not fit sufficiently.  At Jacksonville Complete Dentistry, we can use dental implants to help retain partial dentures.  We have many success stories changing smiles and maintaining health and function with this treatment.

Hybrid Dentures

You may have seen the commercials on TV about “teeth in a day”. Many of our patients contact our office looking for “fixed” dentures.  Both of these discussions refer to hybrid dentures.  We feel that it is important to explain this concept. A hybrid denture uses implants (generally 5 or 6 implants on the top and 5 or 6 implants on the bottom arch) to stabilize, support, and retain a denture.  The denture is screwed onto the implants.  The denture is fixed in place and is only removed at the dental office for periodic cleaning.

For certain patients, a hybrid denture is the highest level of treatment available to replace an entire arch of missing teeth.  This can restore health, function, and can provide an amazing smile.

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