Dental implants are the preferred solution for replacing missing teeth because they are the only option that replaces teeth both above and below the gumline. The result is a strong, stable bite and improved facial appearance. Dr. Luz offers the following dental implant restorations in Wesley Chapel, FL:
Single Tooth Dental Implants
Single tooth dental implants replace one missing tooth. They’re made up of three parts—the dental implant itself, the abutment that attaches to the dental implant, and a crown to replace the portion of the tooth visible above the gumline.
Implant Supported Bridges
Implant supported bridges are used whenever three or more adjacent teeth need to be replaced. Two dental implants are used to support a porcelain bridge that spans between them. This restoration is a functional and aesthetic replacement for natural teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are small screws or posts made of biocompatible metal that are placed into the jawbone to anchor dental restorations. Essential, dental implants replace the roots of the teeth you are missing. After implant surgery, your jawbone fuses with the implants, providing a stable base for your dental restoration.
What are the advantages of an implant supported bridge?
Porcelain implant supported bridges look and feel realistic, restoring both function and appearance after tooth loss. Implant supported bridges are generally considered superior to traditional bridges because they do not require support from adjacent teeth like a traditional bridge does. The crowns required to hold a traditional bridge in place damage healthy tooth structures and place stress on the supporting teeth.
How painful is a dental implant?
Dental implant surgery isn’t painful at all, as we numb the area thoroughly before we begin any work. As the anesthesia wears off in the hours after your surgery, you will begin to experience some discomfort, but most patients describe it as mild. We will provide you with aftercare instructions to help keep you comfortable.