Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Are Dental Implants Right for Me? Miami Dentist Discusses Common Questions About Dental Implants

South Beach dentistIf you have lost a tooth, it is likely that one of your options is to replace it with a dental implant. Dental implants are the most natural replacement for a missing tooth. Before you decide a course of action, you should consider asking your dentist some simple questions:

What Is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a titanium metal replacement for a root of a tooth that is surgically implanted in the jawbone.

Though there's some evidence that ancient people may have tried to create dental implants from pieces of shell, nothing beats modern titanium. In the 1960's, it was discovered that bone will grow so close to a titanium implant that bone and implant essentially become one.

As the body heals for approximately two to six months after the surgery, the bone around the implant fuses to the implant through a process called osseointegration. After the healing phase is complete, the implants are used to anchor crowns, bridges, or dentures.


What Is the Dental Implant Process Like?

The process should begin with a thorough evaluation of the patient's medical and dental history, and a full clinical examination of the entire mouth and missing tooth area. The clinical exam should also include specific X-rays.

After assessing the patient, a comprehensive treatment plan can be devised. From that point, implants are surgically placed in the jawbone under local anesthesia. The length of the healing time is based on the quality and quantity of bone, as well as the type of implant placed. After adequate healing is allowed to occur, the implant can be used to support a crown, bridge, or denture.


How Many Dental Implants Should Be Placed?

This is a question that should be determined during the treatment plan. A good rule-ofthumb is to place one implant for each tooth replaced. Other decisive factors for the number of implants needed for success is the quality and quantity of the patient's bone. Equally as important are the existing anatomy of the bone and the financial resources of the patient.

Placing enough implants to restore teeth is vitally important to the long-term success of the restoration. Simply stated, the most costly mistake is to have an implant fail because not enough implants are placed to support the teeth. If the number of implants is limited


due to financial constraints of the patient, then the implant treatment should be avoided or the type of restoration must be altered.

Miami dentistWho Should You See about Getting Dental Implants?


When getting dental implants, you should select a dentist or dental team with in-depth knowledge and prior experience with all aspects of the treatment. It is important to know that implant treatment consists of two components: a surgical phase and a restorative phase. 





For more information about dental implants call our office.

Dr. Mereos is a great dentist in Miami and his patients say he is friendly and comforting and always happy to take the time to answer any questions.

Miami Beach dentist, Dr. Mereos, and the Precious Smiles team look forward to meeting with you and developing a plan tailored to meet your individual needs. “We take pride in helping our patients achieve the best results in the least amount of time possible.”

You can make an appointment with our cosmetic dentist by calling our friendly staff at (305) 532-9114 or by visiting http://www.precioussmiles.com. Please don't hesitate to contact Precious Smiles if you have any questions about cosmetic dentistry, veneers, Invisalign, tooth whitening, or dental implants.
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