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Dental Implants Benefits
Implants are a popular and effective solution for replacing missing teeth. Understanding the benefits of implants can help individuals make informed decisions about their oral health and restore their smiles.
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Dental implants are the most popular treatment option for replacing lost teeth. They look and feel like natural teeth, and with proper care, they can last a lifetime, ensuring a healthy smile.
Whether due to injury or tooth decay, losing a tooth can greatly affect your appearance and self-esteem. Additionally, tooth loss may cause difficulties with eating or speaking and can alter your facial structure, leading to toothless individuals appearing as if they’re frowning even when they’re not. Proper dental care is essential for preserving permanent teeth and preventing future oral health issues.
Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry offers a comfortable and long-lasting solution to tooth loss, helping you feel confident in your own skin and improving your quality of life. Dr. John Paul Gallardo, of Gallardo Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, has performed countless successful teeth implants in the Miami area, including partial dentures, and he’s passionate about helping patients improve their smiles and their lives with permanent restorations that look and feel just like natural teeth.
They come in various forms, from single tooth placement to multiple tooth replacements, depending on each individual’s needs and the extent of their dental treatment requirements.
What Are Dental Implants?
Acting as artificial tooth roots, implants provide a permanent foundation for fixed, replacement teeth called crowns. Tooth implants are a popular and effective solution for individuals who have lost one or more adult teeth, serving as the gold standard in dental restoration due to their natural feel, function, and fit. Implants can replace single teeth, multiple teeth, or an entire set of damaged teeth.
Comprised of three parts, implants consist of a screw serving as the new tooth’s root, permanently anchoring it to the jaw. The second component, the abutment is a connector that supports a tooth or set of teeth, it can be permanent or removable depending on the patient’s needs. Lastly, the visible portion of the tooth, the crown, ensures durability and a natural, appealing appearance with porcelain construction.
About multiple tooth implants
The traditional method of replacing lost teeth is to cement a bridge onto the neighboring teeth. This process, unfortunately, requires the grinding down of neighboring teeth to provide support.
A superior solution to the problem is using multiple tooth implants or an implant-supported bridge. This technique involves placing several implants in the jaw to replace the roots of the teeth, supporting the bridge without harming adjacent teeth. The outcome is a natural-looking and natural-feeling replacement.
Multiple tooth implants offer the advantage of easier cleaning. With traditional bridges, receding gums can expose metal, and cement may wash out, creating gaps. These issues are not only cosmetically unappealing but also pose risks for bacterial growth and infection.
A multiple tooth replacement provides a stunning, complete smile, along with restored normal eating and speaking abilities. The replacement feels like natural teeth and offers a permanent solution with no restrictions, additional procedures, or risk of cavities.
Single Tooth Implant
Focusing on single-tooth replacement, dental implants stand as a superior option compared to bridges and dentures, offering longevity and aesthetic appeal. The process is comprehensive, starting with an oral health evaluation by a periodontist. Any pre-existing conditions like gum disease are treated before implant placement. Eligible patients undergo a surgical procedure where a titanium root is inserted into the jawbone, followed by a three to four-month osseointegration period.
This allows the implant to fuse securely with the bone. An abutment is then attached to serve as a connector for a crown, completing the single-tooth replacement. This method not only restores smiles but also maintains the health of gums and adjacent bones, eliminating the issues often associated with ill-fitting dentures or bridges.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Getting tooth implants can be a life-changing experience. Unlike treatments that only repair the outer portion of a tooth, implants replace the entire dental structure, including the root, offering a comprehensive dental treatment that ensures your smile remains healthy and bright. As a result, implants feel just like normal teeth and behave like regular teeth, too. After implant surgery, patients are thrilled to discover that they can speak, chew, and laugh like normal again, with increased confidence. This is thanks to the dental procedure performed by experienced oral surgeons. Some patients even forget they’re wearing implants after they get used to them. This newfound self-confidence, along with improved dental health, is one of the reasons why tooth implant services are so popular among adults experiencing signs and symptoms of tooth loss.
Other benefits of dental implants include:
- High success rate
- More hygienic substitution for the metal of traditional bridges
- Prevent bone loss
- Keep surrounding teeth stable
- Help prevent gum disease
- Easy to care for
- No more removable dentures or bridges — implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss and prevent accidents, such as swallowed dentures.
Tooth Implant Options
When it comes to creating implants, titanium, and zirconia are biocompatible materials and can create a strong and stable foundation for replacement teeth. These materials are safe for use in adults and result in minimal discomfort.
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Am I a candidate for tooth implants?
An ideal candidate for tooth implants is an individual who would like to replace one, several, or all of their teeth and doesn’t want bridges or traditional dentures. They should have healthy gums and be an adult with a jawbone that has completed the growing phase. Additionally, regular brushing and proper dental health maintenance are essential factors in determining candidacy for tooth implants.
However, you may not be a candidate for dental implants if you:
- Use alcohol excessively
- Have uncontrolled gum disease
- Have an unresolved health condition, like diabetes or cancer
During your initial consultation, Dr. Gallardo will evaluate your unique situation, and the arch of teeth that need replacement, and either discuss whether implants are a good option or recommend an alternative approach based on the state of your dental health.
What is the Cost of Tooth Implants?
Costs can fluctuate based on the procedure’s complexity.
Typically, the cost of a single-tooth implant falls between $3,000 and $4,500, which encompasses the implant, abutment, and crown.
Multiple Tooth Implant Cost
The cost of multiple tooth implants, or implant-supported bridges, can range from $5,000 to $15,000 or more, depending on the number of teeth being replaced and the materials used.
Full Mouth Implant Cost
Full-mouth dental implants, such as All-on-4 or All-on-6, can range from $20,000 to $45,000 or more. Complex cases require additional procedures leading up to the implant, which will have additional costs.
Keep in mind that these are general estimates, and the exact cost of your implant procedure will depend on your specific needs and circumstances, as determined at a consultation. Some dental insurance plans might pay for part of the procedure.
The Dental Implant procedure
Dental implant surgery involves a three-phase process
The procedure involves a three-phase process that typically takes several months to complete:
After the area is comfortably numb, Dr. Gallardo will make small incisions in the gum line to expose the bone and make space using special instruments. Then he will gently place the implant and cover it with gum tissue. After this process is completed, the tooth implant will need to integrate into the jawbone for three to six months. Temporary dental crowns will be placed to cover the implant posts.
- The initial procedure consists of carefully inserting the implants into the jawbone. To do this, Dr. Gallardo will first administer local anesthesia to keep you from feeling any pain. We also offer a number of sedation dentistry options, like intravenous (IV) conscious sedation for implants or nitrous oxide (laughing gas) for greater comfort.
Dr. Gallardo will provide special aftercare instructions following your implant surgery. You will be advised to refrain from rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery. Expect some bleeding or redness for 24 hours after your procedure. In the event of dental emergencies such as excessive bleeding, place a gauze pad directly on the wound and bite it for half an hour.
- In the next phase, Dr. Gallardo attaches a post to the implant and allows the gum tissue to grow around it. Sometimes, the implant and post are placed at the same time.
- During the last appointment, a customized, permanent crown is attached to each implant post. After this, you can enjoy your new smile and care for the implant as you would your natural teeth.
Recovering from Dental Implant Procedure
Dr. Gallardo will provide special aftercare instructions following your tooth implant surgery. The type of implant you receive may make a difference in your aftercare routine, so be sure to follow the prescribed guidelines. Before the procedure, X-rays are used to provide an impression of the types of dentures that would best fit the patient., however, additional X-rays may be taken to ensure proper healing of the implant site.
Patients should apply an ice pack which can be helpful for the first 48 hours to encourage the healing process. You are also encouraged to drink plenty of water and avoid hot foods or liquids for a few days after oral surgery. Opt for soft, white, and bright foods like mashed potatoes, applesauce, mac and cheese, and oatmeal on the day of the procedure. Avoid hard and sticky items like steak, caramel, cookies, and spicy foods for at least a couple of weeks.
Sometimes canker sores may appear, which can be treated at home. If you need braces or veneers, consult Dr. Gallardo for different treatment options in Miami, FL, and Doral, Hialeah, Hollywood, Homestead, Pembroke Pines, Weston, Miramar, and Aventura areas.
Caring for your dental implants
You must practice good oral hygiene
Implants are the next best thing to real teeth, but you must practice good oral hygiene to reap their full benefits. Follow these oral health practices to keep your implants clean and healthy for years to come:
- Brush and floss daily as you would your natural teeth, paying special attention to the base of the implant to remove food debris
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Avoid habits that can damage the implants, like biting your nails, smoking, chewing on pens or ice, or opening packages with your teeth
- Avoid biting straight into hard foods, like apples or carrots
- Don’t smoke and only drink alcohol in moderation
- Visit your dentist at least twice a year for regular checkups and professional cleanings
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Why Choose Dr. Gallardo
- Dr. Gallardo has 30 years of experience offering dental implants and specialized periodontics to patients throughout South Florida.
- Dr. Gallardo is a graduate from the University of Miami and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from New York University College of Dentistry.
- Accepted into the V.A. Medical Center General Practice Residency Program of the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs where he was honored with the “Outstanding Resident of the Year” Award.
- He has lectured nationally and internationally to dentists and hygienists and has been sponsored by companies such as Procter and Gamble to speak on clinical topics related to gum disease and implant dentistry.
- Dr. Gallardo remains a leader in periodontics and implant dentistry through his active and past involvement with University of Florida, Florida Association of Periodontists and North American Society of Periodontists.
Frequently Asked Questions About Tooth Implants
It depends on your dental insurance provider. Some policies cover at least part of the surgical procedure, while others may only cover the dental bridge, crown, or appliance supported by the implant, but not the implant itself. If you have any questions about insurance or payment options, please contact our office at 305-547-8805. Our staff is always happy to help.
No, not at all. Surprisingly, implants actually have a success rate of over 90%. Most cases of implant failure can be traced back to inadequate aftercare, such as not maintaining proper oral hygiene.
Most of our patients report that their implants gave them minimal pain. Dr. Gallardo uses a variety of advanced techniques and offers detailed aftercare instructions to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible during and after the procedure.
Since the implants go into the bone itself, patients must wait until bone growth is complete before having the procedure done. This typically happens around the end of adolescence. Temporary solutions are always available, however. Dr. Gallardo can advise you on your best options until your bones are fully developed and ready for the implants.
Tooth implants are strong and snugly fitted into the jaw bone or gum and they can be surgically removed. They won’t shift or fall out unless there is trauma to the teeth or poor dental hygiene. Although tooth implants do not come with a lifetime guarantee, you may very well be stuck with them for life. These advanced dental prosthetics can withstand decades of stress, and they don’t rot. Because of their potential for longevity, they make an excellent choice for single or multiple teeth replacements. You’ll just need to care for your implant daily and keep your appointments for regular dental checkups, and your beautiful smile can last forever.