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Talking to Your Dentist About Dental Implants

If you have gaps in your smile due to tooth loss, consider talking to your dentist about dental implants. They are the most secure and long-term option tooth replacement option available today. Dental implants fill in the gaps caused by tooth loss by firmly anchoring prosthetic teeth in place. Dr. Adel Mansour and Dr. Ramy Labib, the highly skilled dentists at Central Florida Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Kissimmee, FL can determine if dental implants are an option for you.

What are Dental Implants? 

Dental implants are small metal posts that resemble screws and are inserted into bone tissue. They function like the roots of teeth by and anchoring replacement teeth in place. Since they are placed below the gum line, dental implants are not visible. Only the prosthetic teeth they hold in place will be seen once all dental work is complete.

Dental implants are versatile and can be used to replace one tooth or several teeth. When a single tooth is being replaced, only one dental implant is needed to secure a crown. Replacing multiple teeth requires several implants, which can be used to anchor bridgework or dentures in place.

Since dental implants are placed in the bone, they are extremely secure. Over time, the bone tissue and metal implant permanently fuse together through a natural process called osseointegration. Being fused to the bone means the dental implants will not come loose, which is why they are the most secure tooth replacement option available.

In order to be a candidate for dental implants, patients must have enough bone tissue. Not everyone who is missing teeth will be a candidate since bone loss is an unfortunate side effect of tooth loss. It is also essential that candidates have healthy gums since a small incision must be made to place an implant in the jawbone. One of the dentists at our practice in Kissimmee can determine if dental implants are an option following an oral exam that includes viewing x-ray images of your jawbone.

Benefits of Dental Implants 

Dental implants offer many benefits. Not only do they help replace missing teeth, but they are also extremely durable and secure, as well as long-lasting. They also help preserve bone tissue. By fusing with bone, dental implants prevent it from being reabsorbed by the body, which eventually happens when there are no tooth roots to support the bone.

Another benefit of dental implants is that they minimize or reverse some of the side effects of tooth loss, including facial sagging, changes in speech, and excess wear and tear on remaining teeth. By filling in the gaps caused by tooth loss, dental implants help provide support for sagging facial muscles, correct speech, and redistribute biting and chewing functions across a full set of teeth so the remaining natural ones no longer have to compensate for teeth that were missing.

Talk to one of our dentists about restoring your smile with dental implants. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Mansour or Dr. Labib to learn more about dental implants by calling Central Florida Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Kissimmee at (407) 483-9990.

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