By Implant Dentistry of Fort Myers
April 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Improving your teeth is not always as easy as a single dental procedure. However, in the case of a gap in your smile, dental implants dental implantscan replace your missing tooth and its roots, improving the aesthetic appearance of your smile and provide your jawbone with enough stimulation to keep it healthy and prevent bone atrophy. Learn more about this versatile procedure with Dr. Jay Shartzer in Fort Myers, FL.

Are dental implants right for me? 
A good candidate for dental implants should be in good physical and dental health. Patients will need to be able to undergo general anesthesia during the placement of the actual implants. Additionally, implants lie in the bone underneath the gum line. A good candidate also has adequate bone volume to securely hold the implant’s fixture, a small, titanium post, in place. Some patients with significant bone atrophy might require a bone graft before they can receive dental implants.

How do dental implants work? 
Dental implants have three main parts:

  • Implant Fixture: The implant’s fixture is a titanium, screw-like post which, once placed into the jawbone, it integrates with the bone to become a permanent part of the mouth. The fixture replaces the missing tooth’s root and provides stimulation to the jawbone to remain healthy.
  • Abutment: The implant’s abutment securely connects the fixture to the prosthetic tooth.
  • Prosthetic Tooth: A porcelain dental crown or bridge fits over the implant and abutment to complete the dental implant. The prosthetic tooth replaces the tooth itself, restoring the biting surface and filling in the gap.

Dental Implants in Fort Myers, FL
Dental implants are beneficial to most patients who have missing teeth or require a tooth extraction. The leading cause of implant failure or rejection is poor oral hygiene, making your at-home oral health routine more important than ever. Brush twice daily and floss at least once to keep your teeth healthy and free of decay between your biyearly examinations with your dentist and professional cleanings with your dental hygienist.

For more information on improving your teeth through dental implants or other cosmetic dentistry procedures, please contact Dr. Shartzer in Fort Myers, FL. Call 239-275-7680 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Shartzer today!