Tooth loss can impact not only one’s appearance but also the function of the smile and one’s self-confidence. When problems arise, it is essential that patients in the Brandon, FL area reach out to a restorative dentist who provides a myriad of options for patients to choose from. Dental implant restorations are a common solution for many of our patients, though not everyone is a good candidate. By speaking with Dr. Trevor Williams of Williams Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, patients can decide if implants are right for their needs.
What are dental implants?
Dr. Trevor Williams describes dental implants as a tooth root replacement option made of titanium, a biocompatible metal used in many areas of dentistry and medicine. The implant itself looks like a small post that the dentist places during oral surgery. The abutment that is visible from above the gumline is used to hold a restoration such as a crown, bridge, or denture for the final repair.
What types of dental implants are available?
Our team uses titanium implants for missing teeth replacement, as this material helps in stimulating bone growth to provide a proper foundation for the implant itself. Additionally, titanium is a metal that works well in the body and is utilized by many types of doctors for implants and replacement parts of the body.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
- Dental implants maintain bone and avoid the bone resorption that often occurs with tooth loss
- Dental implants can last decades with proper care
- Dental implants are strong and durable and provide chewing and biting efficiency just as natural teeth do
- Dental implants are versatile and are used in replacing one or more teeth in the smile
- Dental implants are a wise investment in the function and appearance of the smile over a lifetime
Dental implants are titanium roots that are replaced within the jaw bone to resemble a tooth or group of teeth. A screw is inserted through the gums and into the jawbone. A porcelain crown is then attached to the screw to become the new tooth or teeth. They can be used to support dental prosthesis including crowns, dentures and bridges. Today’s treatments are so natural looking, no one will know you had surgery. There’s approximately a 95% success rate for all implants. With modern advances in dentistry, some implants can be restored immediately, with lifelike all porcelain crowns. For more details, ask your dentist.
Are you interested in dental implants?
Dr. Trevor Williams of Brandon, Florida encourages you to book a consultation appointment by calling (813) 560-0447. His facility services patients in and around the communities of Valrico, Riverview, Lithia, Apollo Beach, Sun City Center, Plant City and Tampa, FL and accepts new patients and families. The office is located at 510 Vonderburg Drive, Suite #211.
Most people prefer implants as a tooth replacement method as they look, feel, and function almost like real teeth. With implants, you can eat, talk, smile, and laugh naturally without them clicking, slipping, or sliding, unlike most other replacement methods.
If you are healthy, you should be able to get implants. Dr. Trevor Williams will evaluate your oral health and the quality and quantity of your jawbone and determine your suitability for the procedure.
The success of implants depends mainly on the quality and quantity of your jawbone. If you don’t have enough bone, Dr.Williams may perform a bone graft as groundwork for implants.
If you take proper care of your implants, they can last for life. Daily brushing and flossing and regular visits to the dentist for checkups and cleanings are vital.
Although they won’t decay like real teeth, implants can be threatened by bacteria and plaque, causing infections and inflammation in the surrounding tissues. They may also develop a type of gum disease known as ‘peri-implantitis’, which breaks down the connective tissue and supporting bone of teeth.