By Implant Dentistry of Fort Myers
February 16, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Wondering if all the hype about dental implants is true? Your Fort Myers implant dentist Jay Shartzer, DDS, of Implant Dentistry of Fort Myers answers a few commonly asked questions about the tooth replacement option.

What are dental implants?

No one will ever see your implant because it will be placed under your gum, but this small titanium screw performs a very important dental implantsfunction. The implant replaces your tooth roots and provides a secure foundation for the crown that will eventually be connected to the implant. The porcelain crown will look just like your missing tooth and allow you to chew and speak normally.

How do I receive an implant?

Your dentist places the implant in a small hole he drills in your jawbone. Over the next three to six months, it will bond to the surrounding bone. Once your dentist is satisfied that the implant has fused to your jawbone, he'll attach a connector called an abutment. A few weeks after you receive the abutment, a porcelain crown will be added to the abutment, completing the implant process. Depending on how quickly your implant bonds to the bone, the process may take five to eight months.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants are the only permanent tooth replacement option. Although dentures and bridges can fill the gap, they don't replace teeth roots. Bridges and dentures also tend to be more expensive over the course of your life, as you can expect them to replace them at least once or twice. Implants, if properly cared for, can last a lifetime.

Implants also help keep your jawbone strong and healthy. When you lose a tooth, the jawbone under the tooth is also affected. Without a tooth root to stimulate it, that section of the bone begins to thin and weaken. If you've lost several teeth, you may start to notice facial sagging as the bone begins to recede.

Ready to replace a missing tooth? Call Implant Dentistry of Fort Myers at (239) 275-7680 and schedule an appointment today.