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University Dental Group in Coral Gables

Need Dental Implants in Coral Gables?

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If you’re suffering from discomfort, difficulty chewing, or trouble speaking due to missing teeth, dental implants might be the solution you need.

As a long-lasting, natural-looking solution, dental implants can help patients maintain proper oral, prevent dental atrophy, and increase bite power.

The University Dental team utilizes this tooth replacement option to replace anywhere from one to all of your teeth, and it’s an excellent way to improve the overall look of your smile while making your bite more stable.

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What is a Dental Implant?

Dental implants consist of a small titanium post and a crown or other fixture attached to the top of the post.

Though the way dental implant surgery is performed can vary depending on the kind of implant the patient needs, the surgery consists of the roots of a patient’s teeth being replaced with screw-like posts made from metal that are then implanted in the jawbone.

The post acts similarly to the roots of natural teeth, and the crown provides a natural look. The jawbone grows naturally around the post to secure it in place and increases the stability of the implant.

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Technology Used

Dental cone beam computed tomography (CT) is used when performing a dental implant procedure. A dental cone beam is a special type of x-ray equipment that is used when regular dental x-rays aren’t sufficient.

It produces 3D images of your soft tissue, nerve pathways, teeth, and bone. A dental cone beam is useful for implant procedures because:

  • It makes it easier for dentists to measure jawbone spacing
  • It reduces the risk of misaligned implants, therefore, ensuring the longevity of the implants
  • It requires little to no preparation

Implant Retained Dentures/All-on-4

All-on-4 dentures, also called implant retained dentures, are a type of replacement for your natural teeth and can fix issues such as problems chewing your food, inability to speak clearly, and remaining teeth shifting uncomfortably in your mouth.

They can replace both upper and lower teeth and are both more convenient and more comfortable than traditional dentures. They feature multiple anchor points which help keep your mouth’s supportive structures engaged.

They look like your natural teeth and make your smile look more healthy and complete.

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Dental Implants Process

The gum tissue is opened to expose the bone area where the implant will be placed. In situations where there is insufficient bone structure, bone grafting may be a recommended procedure. Once healthy bone has been established, a special drill is used to prepare the bone to receive the implant.

1. Placing the Implant

After the bone has been prepared, the implant is placed and the tissue is sutured. After seven to ten days the sutures are removed. The healing process takes three to six months. This is the amount of time it usually takes the implant to become part of the bone of the jaw.

2. Attaching the Post

When the gum tissue is ready, a special post is attached to the implant; it is the support for the new porcelain crown. Today’s technologies often include zirconium abutments attached to the implant post, to assure that the new porcelain tooth possesses translucency properties similar to a natural tooth.

3. Placing the Crown

After impressions are taken a crown is made and shaded to match your existing teeth. The crown is then slipped over the post and cemented. This final prosthetic crown appears as a natural tooth.

There is a high rate of failure of implants in patients who smoke, so dental implants tend to not be an option for patients who are actively smoking. We will help you determine whether dental implants will be a good tooth replacement option for you. Proper brushing and flossing will maximize the longevity of your new dental implant.

Why Choose Dental Implants?

Have you ever felt insecure about your missing or damaged teeth? Are you a Coral Gables resident in need of a smile revival? University Dental Group may have the answer you’ve been searching for. Dental implants are a long-lasting solution that can make it easier to chew your food properly, speak more clearly, and maintain your overall oral health. Though dental implants help give your smile a uniform look, they also provide a variety of other worthwhile health benefits.

1. Benefits to Your Health

Along with providing additional support and stability, there are a wide range of other benefits to consider when deciding if you want to proceed with a dental implant procedure. Since they don’t require tooth reduction, your long-term oral health is less heavily impacted since more of your natural teeth are left intact. Many dentists even consider dental implants to be a relatively conservative treatment for missing teeth. They simulate the feeling of tooth roots to prevent atrophy of a patient’s jawbone, and they make it easier to maintain your oral health since your healthy teeth don’t need to be modified.

2. Benefits Over Other Tooth Replacements

Unlike bridges, full dentures, and partial dentures which can only replace a limited number of teeth, dental implants are incredibly versatile and can be used as replacements for as many teeth as needed. This makes it easier for you to work with your dentist to design the treatment that works best for you. Because dental implants fuse to the bone of your jaw, the discomfort of removable dentures is a thing of the past. Dental implants are also more stable than other types of implants and can last a lifetime with the proper care. Their natural look also makes them blend with your natural teeth better than similar oral fixtures.

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Patient smiling after getting dental implants in Coral Gables at our dental office, University Dental Group.

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