Dental Implants

Luz Hernandez, DDS -  - General Dentistry

Luz Hernandez, DDS

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Wesley Chapel, FL

While humans are living longer than ever before, your teeth might not be able to keep up. If you lose your teeth to disease, decay, injury, or age, Luz Hernandez, DDS, at her practice in Tampa, Florida, can restore dental implants and refer patients to an oral surgeon or periodontist to place their implants. Call the office or request an appointment online at Luz Hernandez, DDS to learn more about dental implants today.

Dental Implants Q & A


What are dental implants?

Dental implants are titanium screw-like devices that Dr. Hernandez surgically places in your jawbone. If you lose one or more teeth to decay, disease, or an injury, dental implants are one of the most trusted ways to replace them and continue chewing and speaking normally.

Dental implants are made of titanium because it bonds well with human bone. Dr. Hernandez only restores implants and refers patients to an oral surgeon or periodontist to place implants. After the initial surgery in which the implant is placed, your surgeon affixes a custom, digitally designed crown to the implant to fill the gap between your teeth. 

You can get a single implant for just one missing tooth or multiple strategically placed implants to replace many teeth in a row. Dr. Hernandez uses advanced implants by industry leaders Nobel Biocare™ and Straumann®. 

 

How do dental implants compare to dentures and bridges?

Dental implants have several notable advantages over dentures and bridges, two other options for replacing missing teeth. Of course, they’re also preferable over keeping an empty gap in your smile. Dental implants are:

  • Fixed, and not removable without professional help
  • Permanent
  • Sturdy
  • Durable
  • Easy to maintain
  • Long-lasting

Additionally, placing a dental implant in your jawbone below a missing tooth takes the place of the missing root and helps keep the bone intact. Your jawbone can weaken after you lose a tooth if you don’t replace it with an implant, but an implant can fortify the bone.

 

How should I care for my dental implants?

Caring for dental implants is extremely easy. In fact, you can treat the crowns on top of your dental implants as if they’re your original natural teeth. To care for your implants and maintain your oral health, you should:

  • Visit Luz Hernandez, DDS for regular exams and cleanings
  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Use floss to clean around the crowns
  • Report problems with your implants or crowns right away

Implants feel natural, so you might forget that you even have them. If you have any concerns about your implants or their care, call Luz Hernandez, DDS for an appointment with Dr. Hernandez.

To learn more about dental implants and find out if you’re a good candidate for them, call Luz Hernandez, DDS or contact us to request an appointment online today.