Fill gaps with dental implants designed like natural teeth in Lakewood Ranch, FL
Your smile is one of a kind. So, there is no “universally-appropriate” treatment to resolve damage to the teeth and gums at Kind Smiles Dental Health. While root canal therapy has a high success rate, it cannot “save” all teeth. However, all smiles can be restored to their healthy beauty and functionality. If extraction is on the horizon, or you are unhappy with the gaps in your smile. Dr. Allison Konick looks forward to discussing your options for tooth replacement, including dental implants, in Lakewood Ranch, FL.
Shaped like a cylinder, the dental implant is designed to replace the part of the tooth in the jawbone- the root. The root holds the tooth in place. Other types of tooth replacement only recreate the portion of the tooth that is above the gumline or the gums themselves (in the case of dentures). They do not rebuild the roots. Due to the unique design of implant-supported teeth, they provide a strong foundation for replacement teeth. Restored teeth that closely mimic the design of natural teeth generally support the most natural function, feel, and appearance.
Dr. Konick will start by evaluating whether you are a suitable candidate for tooth replacement with dental implants or another type of tooth replacement, such as conventional dental bridges and dentures. Many patients are excellent candidates for dental implants. However, adequate bone in the jaw is required to support the implant. If you have suffered from bone loss or resorption, we may recommend grafting as a way to “build up” the jawbone. Bone from your own body or other sources may be transferred or grafted to the implant site. The dental implant may be placed during the same appointment as the bone graft procedure. As the site heals, the implant will join or “osseointegrate” to the surrounding jawbone. The implant is made from a biocompatible material that fuses safely to natural tissues.
Once the site has fully healed, an abutment or link is attached to the implant. This post connects to the “finishing touch”: the part of the tooth visible above the gumline or dental crown. If you are missing several or all of your teeth, we may recommend implant-supported bridges, partial dentures, and complete or full dentures. These options are designed in many different ways. Dentures can include attachments that span on to implants strategically placed in the jaw. If you live in Bradenton, Sarasota, Palmetto, Parrish, Venice, and the surrounding area, visit Dr. Konick to discuss your options for tooth replacement. Schedule an appointment at Kind Smiles Dental Health’s Lakewood Ranch, FL office.