In the past, there were limited options for replacing missing teeth. Dental bridges only work if you have healthy enough teeth on both sides to support the restoration. They can also be difficult to clean and maintain. Traditional dentures can slip, shift, and fall out, cause uncomfortable sores, and make it hard to speak clearly. Partial dentures can rub and damage your remaining natural teeth. Fortunately, times have changed, and dental implants have become the gold standard for replacing teeth. If you’re missing one or more teeth, or have failing teeth that need to be replaced, you may want to know what to expect with dental implants.
Dental implants come as close as possible to replicating your natural tooth. Because the implant post is fused to the bone of the jaw, dental implants have unbeatable stability and strength. They have an incredibly dependable success rate and deliver full function with natural-looking esthetics. Drs. Spencer and Cohlmia here at Riverside Dental have placed over 5,000 dental implants in Jacksonville, FL. Our expertise and experience have allowed us to streamline our dental implant procedure, making it a comfortable and low-stress process from beginning to end.
Our dental implant process starts with a simple conversation. We want to know what concerns you have about your dental health, and how your missing and failing teeth are affecting your life. We also want to know your smile goals and how you hope a dental implant procedure can help you. Using cutting-edge diagnostic equipment such as digital x-rays and Cone Beam CT scanner, we’ll create comprehensive records of your dental health and perform a thorough exam. Then, we’ll discuss your dental implant options and what kind of results you can expect.
Even if you’ve been told you don’t have enough bone to place dental implants, we may be able to help! Our implant dentists at Riverside Dental have advanced training to perform dental implant procedures other dentists can’t. Some patients will need preparations such as bone grafting or extractions before their dental implant surgery. While most patients are very comfortable through all the stages of their dental implant procedure, some prefer to nap through their appointments with dental sedation. Don’t hesitate to ask us about your sedation options!
Once everything is ideal for the best possible results, we will place your dental implant posts, which act as the root of your replacement tooth. The post needs time to become integrated with your bone tissue, which can take several weeks. During that time, you’ll wear a temporary restoration, which will be custom-crafted so you can live your life while you heal.
When your implant posts are healed and ready, we will attach your final restoration using an abutment, which is a connector piece specially crafted to fit your post. We craft many restorations right here in our state-of-the-art dental lab, ensuring you get affordable dental implants with superior results. For materials that need to be milled off-premises, our 3D dental printer allows us to design and print your case for precise fabrication.
The best outcome for your dental implant procedure starts with the best materials. From top to bottom, your dental implants will use materials we have carefully selected after years of experience, which have proven to be consistent and dependable.
When it comes to your final dental implant restorations, there are multiple options for what materials to use. Porcelain has long been the gold standard for any dental restoration, owing to its great esthetics and strength. We have porcelain ovens here in our in-office dental lab for that very reason! However, newer materials are proving to produce great results, too. Zirconia is another option with superior strength that allows for more translucency than porcelain, giving a slight edge when it comes to the cosmetic side of your dental implants.
When discussing your dental implant treatment options, we’ll take the time to make sure you fully understand the pros and cons of every potential plan. We want to empower you to make great dental healthcare decisions that will work for your lifestyle and your budget. Your dental implants, carefully crafted with the best materials, will let you love your smile again!
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