Your Fort Myers, Florida Implant Dentist

Implant Dentist Are you one of the millions of American adults who are dealing with tooth loss? Regardless of whether you are missing one, several or all of your teeth, one thing is certain: you want to get your smile back. It’s amazing how quickly untreated tooth loss can lead to other smile complications such as shifting teeth and bone loss. Here at Implant Dentistry of Fort Myers, Florida, implant dentist, Dr. Jay Shartzer, and our expert dental staff believe prevention is key to maintaining good oral health. To prevent complications from befalling your smile, it’s time to consider whether dental implants could best the best option for replacing your missing teeth.

Dental implants are unique from any other tooth replacement options because they offer a resiliency and longevity that could mean having your implant the rest of your life if you maintain good oral hygiene. Implants are truly the closest thing you can get to a real tooth, as they both look and function like natural teeth. While nothing can take the place of a natural smile, if you are looking for a close second, you can’t do better than dental implants.

Of course, we also understand the importance of having a dental team on your side that can easily guide you through the implant process, as it is time consuming and requires dedication on the part of the patient and our implant team. The first step requires a consultation in which we will sit down with you to discuss your expectations and goals for treatment, as well as perform a physical exam and run x-rays to check the health of your jawbone. Once we have determined that you are the perfect candidate for implants, the treatment can begin.

In order to get dental implants you will have to undergo surgery. While surgery may be off-putting to some, it is important to understand that implant surgery is minor and can even be performed right here in our office under local anesthesia. Once the implant is placed there is a healing period in which the bone and tissue will grow around the implant, making it a permanent part of the jawbone. The implant will also provide the jawbone with the stimulation it needs to develop new bone cells and to prevent bone loss.

Next, we will need to perform another minor procedure to open up the gums and place an abutment on top of the implant (unless the implant we place already has an abutment built in). After allowing several weeks for the gums to fully heal, we will then attach the dental crown over the abutment to complete your restoration. Of course, implants also have the ability to support multiple false teeth including bridges and dentures, making them an incredibly versatile tooth loss treatment.

If you are ready to find out if dental implants are right for you, then it is time to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shartzer in Fort Myers, Florida today by calling (239) 275-8880.