Because they have become so popular, many patients have heard about the many wonderful advantages of dental implants. However, many of our patients do not know all the details about the gold standard in tooth replacement. Here are some critical facts about what dental implants are and how they can benefit our Palm Harbor, FL patients.
Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option that utilizes a small surgical component implanted directly into the jawbone. This component, called a fixture, acts as a strong foundational piece and supports the artificial tooth.
Dental implant success rates currently stand at 95-98%. However, the success or failure of dental implants will depend on the health of the person receiving the implant and how well they take care of it. Other factors that impact implant success are use of drugs and tobacco, dental hygiene habits, and health of the tissues in the mouth.
Dental implants are comprised of three basic parts: 1) a fixture, 2) an abutment, and 3) a crown.
Here is how each of the basic parts works:
The dental implant procedure starts with a complete examination. After teeth, gums, and jawbone are evaluated, the doctor will make an incision and insert a small titanium implant into the jawbone. The patient will be sent home for a healing period to let the fixture bond properly with jawbone tissues.
Next, an abutment is attached to the implant fixture and the patient is allowed to heal again. During this healing period, Dr. Caputo will carefully craft a natural-looking replacement tooth. And finally, once the fixture and abutment are healed, the prosthetic, or crown is fixed to the abutment.
Although there are many exceptional benefits for patients that choose dental implants, here are some of the most common reasons that patients choose this tooth replacement option:
Although the success rate is extremely high for dental implants, it is important to know that there are some risks associated with this treatment. But, many of these risks can be minimized greatly by following Dr. Caputo’s instructions carefully. Patients should avoid putting pressure on the implant site and should be very careful to let it heal properly. In rare instances, patients can have bleeding or nerve injury, infection, and/or failure to heal properly. However, many of these issues can be prevented or resolved if patients immediately report any irregularities to Dr. Caputo.
With high success rates and an easy placement process, patients in Palm Harbor, FL and surrounding areas have no reason to delay fixing their smiles with dental implants. If you want to know more about the dental implants process, what makes a good candidate, or how to finance your implants, please read through the rest of our infosite or speak to one of our helpful staff members today. We want to help you get the healthy and functional smile you have always wanted with amazing dental implants!
Dr. Paul L. Caputo
3490 East Lake Rd. Suite A
Palm Harbor, FL 34685
Monday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM