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Dental Implant Restoration

You should be able to choose what you’re most comfortable with when it comes to replacing missing teeth. That’s why our Largo, FL, dentist gives patients options, one of which is dental implants. We will refer you for the surgical placement of the titanium post, but you’ll return to our office to have the porcelain crown affixed on top. No need for adhesives to prevent slipping or dietary restrictions – implants are like your real teeth!

Learn more about who is a candidate for the dental implant process below.

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What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant consists of 3 major parts: the metal (titanium) post, the abutment, and a dental crown. The post itself is what gets placed in your jawbone while the abutment serves as a middle connector piece that brings the post and crown together. The actual implant is always placed first with the abutment following and the crown being put on last.

Contrary to how dentures and dental bridges rest on top of the gums or rely on adjacent teeth for support, implants provide a stable foundation for replacement teeth by anchoring directly into the jaw. 

This stability allows for improved functionality and appearance, as well as better preservation of jawbone structure over time. The implant procedure typically involves several stages, including an optional bone graft if needed, placement of the implant into the jawbone, a healing period during which the implant integrates with the bone (osseointegration), and the final attachment of a custom crown.

Who Is Best Suited for Dental Implants?

Dental implants are an excellent option for most adults who are missing teeth due to injury, decay, or disease. Ideal candidates for dental implants typically have:

  • Good Overall Health: The process of implant surgery requires healing and bone integration, so good general health is crucial.
  • Adequate Bone Density: Enough bone in the jaw is needed to support the implant. If bone loss has occurred, you may require a bone graft before proceeding.
  • Healthy Gums: Gums must be free of periodontal disease as healthy gums are essential for the success of the implant.
  • Non-smokers: Smoking can hinder the healing process and may decrease the long-term success rate of dental implants.

Patients looking for a long-term solution to tooth loss that allows for normal eating, speaking, and smiling often find dental implants to be the perfect choice. However, the best way to determine suitability for dental implants is through a comprehensive dental evaluation.

Schedule a Consultation

Ready to explore whether dental implants are right for you? Request an appointment with our dental implant dentist in Largo, FL. During your visit, we will take a look at your smile, discuss your dental history, and determine if dental implant restoration can meet your needs. Call or text David W. Piper, DMD Family Dentistry today at (727) 548-7100 or contact us online.