Implants? Crowns? Veneers? Invisible braces? Dentistry has advanced to provide many new solutions that address almost every possible dental issue.
In the past, if a patient had a missing tooth or a severely damaged tooth, dentists regularly suggested dental bridges or dentures, because they were the best options at the time. These days, revolutionary dental implants have proven to be superior to dental bridges for most. They can also replace dentures or anchor dentures for some patients.
A tooth implant provides many vital advantages over a dental bridge or dentures:
Longevity – Dental implants are heavy-duty and permanent, meaning with proper care they can last ten years or more.
Seamless – Fabricated to have the same shape, size and color of the original tooth, the implant will blend seamlessly with all the other teeth. If the original tooth had aesthetic problems, these can generally be fixed with the implant crown.
Function – A dental implant functions like a natural tooth allowing for normal eating and speaking.
Convenience – Unlike dentures, no adhesives, rinsing, or removal is required.
Independent – Like the missing tooth, the dental implant is treated individually. No damaging of adjacent teeth is required, as with dental bridges. This independence allows nearby teeth to remain intact. Cleaning is easier than with most dental bridges which can require the threading of floss under and around the artificial tooth.
Step 1: Consultation
If you are interested in getting a tooth implant, call Five Star Dental Care at 813-653-2273 to schedule a tooth implant consultation. Dr. Bynum will chat with you about your dental history, take x-rays, and perform an exam. If it is determined you’re a good candidate, we’ll schedule the first procedure during a time that suits you best.
Step 2: Procedure
Plaster dental impressions of both upper and lower plates will be taken. Dr. Bynum will place the titanium implant, which looks like a dark screw, into the bone of your jaw. Over the next couple of months, the bone and implant will bond together to form a root for your new tooth.
After the required time has passed for bonding of the bone and implant, an extension (called an abutment) is placed on top of the initial implant post. This post extension is then capped with a temporary tooth. Meanwhile, the team of professionals at our lab will shape your new, permanent crown.
Dr. Bynum will then put the permanent crown on top of the full post. This tooth will match your other teeth to create an extraordinary new smile. You will find that the comfort is the same as your natural teeth, to the point that you may even forget which tooth is the implant. The upkeep is the same, with brushing, flossing, and regular check-ups required.
To learn more about dental implants and smile redesign options, call for more details or to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you!
Contact Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS: 813-653-2273
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