Life isn’t fair. Some people seem to have no troubles with their teeth, while others have to fight a constant battle. Regardless of the kind of smile Mother Nature has given you, dentistry can give you a smile that complements you.
There are more than 135 million American adults who are currently missing at least one tooth. No one should have to suffer the harmful or humiliating consequences of tooth loss. Not only can your oral health be damaged, but your self-confidence and enthusiasm may suffer a blow as well. Many people avoid sharing their smile with others because they are so embarrassed by the condition of their teeth.
Missing teeth can also make eating significantly more difficult. Consequently, tooth loss may lead to a harmful degree of malnutrition. Thankfully, there are several reconstructive solutions available for patients.
Dental implants are the clear frontrunner because of the way they revitalize the structure of missing teeth and their natural look. At Galleria Dentistry, Naples dentists, Dr. Gery Benza, Dr. Anthony Benza, and Dr. Chelsea Benza provide quality dental implant restorations so that people with missing teeth will enjoy an improved quality of life.
Dental implants are effective because they actually replicate the entire structure of the tooth, not just the portion that is visible above the gum line. Unlike other tooth replacement options, such as dentures or crowns and bridges, implants also replace the root, which is located beneath your gums.
A tooth root is solidly set in the bone of your jaw. This serves to securely keep your tooth in place. In addition, the root stimulates the jawbone. Without it, the bone tissue there can begin to deteriorate and lead to a sunken facial appearance as well as an increased risk of additional tooth loss.
A dental implant acts just like a natural root, holding the rest of the tooth firmly in position and encouraging new bone tissue growth that keeps your jaw and face looking fuller and younger.
Once your Naples implant dentist has performed an evaluation to determine if you’re a qualified candidate—and most people are—treatment will start with the surgical placement of implants. Drs. Benza will recommend you to a trusted oral surgeon or periodontist who will perform the surgical portion of the implant process. We’ll work closely with them every step of the way to ensure the successful completion of your new dental implant.
For several months after surgery, patients will undergo a period of healing. As your gums heal, the implant and surrounding bone tissue will fuse together to form a solid anchor within your jaw. Once you’ve completely healed, you will return to our Naples dental practice so we can design and place a new, tooth-shaped restoration that will complete your dental implant procedure.
In the case of a single missing tooth, we can use what is called an implant-retained crown to bring it back to life. It will consist of three distinct parts: the implant itself, a custom-made all-porcelain crown, and an abutment. The crown will attach directly to the implant via the abutment, and after this is done, it will feel just like the rest of your natural teeth. The implant will keep it solidly in place, and we’ll design the porcelain so that it perfectly color-matches the rest of your smile.
These crowns can also be used to form an implant-retained bridge. Two implant crowns are placed on either end of the space in a patient’s smile, and these are bonded to prosthetic teeth to close it. This helps restore the smile’s appearance, evens out the bite, and it also prevents the remaining teeth from gradually shifting out of place.
Do you have a denture that you always have to worry about slipping out of place? Is your worst nightmare that it will fall out the next time you’re around friends or family? With implant-retained dentures, we can finally put those fears to rest.
Implant-retained dentures involve a custom-made prosthetic that snaps directly onto multiple implants placed into the mouth. This method of retention gives them a number of advantages compared to a traditional removable prosthetic:
Stronger Hold: Because the denture will be anchored to the jawbone just like natural teeth, it is much less likely to slip, slide, pop, or click unexpectedly.
More Reliable: Dental implants actually support the jawbone from within, which will help it maintain its shape over time. This, in turn, will help a denture keep its day one fit for much longer.
Better Bite: Patients with implant-retained dentures have a much stronger bite force compared to regular ones, enabling them to enjoy a much more varied and healthy diet with relative ease.
Dental implants in Naples have quickly become the preferred solution to treat tooth loss because they offer over a 95% success rate. This is largely due to the materials that are used to replace both the root and crown. By surgically placing a biocompatible, titanium implant post into your jawbone, it allows you to enjoy various benefits that are not possible with other dental prosthetics, including:
It is no secret that dental implants cost more than traditional options, like dentures; however, they will eventually pay for themselves. They allow you to make a long-term investment that can last for several decades with the right aftercare, like maintaining your oral hygiene.
When determining how much you can expect to pay for your new smile, there are several things that will influence the price, such as if you need a single unit or a 3-unit bridge. If you need any additional procedures, the price will also increase. In some cases, your dental insurance can be used to help lower the cost.
During your consultation with your dentist in Naples, we will provide you with an estimate and discuss your payment options.
Over the years, our office has gotten many questions on the subject of dental implants. People learn about them for the first time when they come to our office, which is why we’ve decided to include a few common questions we hear from our patients. If your question isn’t listed or you’d prefer to ask in person, feel free to contact our office to set up a consultation! Until then, we hope that our FAQ section helps you gain a better understanding of this revolutionary treatment.
Dental implants are designed to resemble natural teeth as closely as possible. Not only can you eat a far more balanced diet, but you can eat the foods you wouldn’t ever consider. This includes chewier foods like steak and crunchy foods like apples. Unfortunately, dentures do not offer this same level of freedom and bridges don’t feel quite as natural because they do not replace the root underneath the gums.
The length of your treatment can vary depending on your specific needs. For example, if you need to have periodontal maintenance performed in order to make the placement and healing stages of treatment viable, this will extend the length of your treatment by several months. Furthermore, if you intend on placing multiple implants, more healing time and follow-up visits may be needed before the restoration is placed. On average, you should plan your treatment to be anywhere between two to six months. The best way to determine your projected treatment length is by scheduling an appointment with our office.
The success rate for dental implants averages between 95 and 98 percent when placed by a professional. While the failure rate for implants is extremely low, it is still possible. However, most cases of implant failure are tied to maintaining poor oral hygiene or using tobacco products. In both instances, gum tissue can be come infected and unable to hold the prosthetic properly, resulting in peri-implantitis. This is an infection of the gum tissue surrounding the implant.
Dental implants require sufficient bone volume, healthy gum tissue and good oral health overall to be successful. In the event that you do not have sufficient bone volume, a bone graft may be recommended to improve your viability. Bone grafts use donated bone tissue to expand the height, width and overall volume of your jawbone. After the donated bone has healed, we can revisit your case and reevaluate your eligibility.
As long as you commit to daily oral care, biannual dental visits and avoid tobacco products, there’s no reason your implant shouldn’t last between 25 years and a lifetime. However, you should always treat your implant the same way you would treat your natural teeth. That means brushing twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste, flossing daily, and never using your teeth as a tool. This can easily cause the restoration to crack or make the implant fail due to excessive pressure. Dental implants are strong, but they are not indestructible.