Dental Implants

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Fort Myers dental implant options

Dental implants enable dentists to create healthy, attractive smiles in an innovative way. Used to replace one or more missing teeth, dental implants are another alternative to conventional bridges and dentures.

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth, bridge, or denture. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.

In essence, dental implants can act and look like natural teeth. And, because they maintain bone mass, dental implants can help prevent additional tooth loss as well as the sunken facial appearance associated with missing teeth.

How Long Does an Implant Procedure Take?

Single-tooth implant procedures can be used in people who are missing one or more teeth. An implant is surgically placed in an opening that your dentist makes in the jawbone. After the implant integrates (attaches) to your bone, it acts as a new “root” for the crown that will replace your missing tooth. The implant procedure normally takes 1-2 hours, and a number of month’s healing is allowed to take place before the implant is restored with a crown, bridge, or denture.

Are You A Candidate for Dental Implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically implanted in a patient’s jaw bone. In order to be a good candidate for dental implants, it’s very important that a patient is in good overall health and doesn’t suffer from any conditions that could complicate or prohibit oral surgery.

What Happens At The First Dental Implant Appointment?

To determine the appropriate size for your dental implant restoration, be it a crown, a bridge, or a denture, Dr. Angela Nash, a Fort Myers dentist, takes x-rays, mouth impressions, and then the dental laboratory creates a customized dental implant restoration.