Missing teeth have a large impact on the health, function, and appearance of your teeth. A missing tooth can be a source of self-consciousness, but it can also lead to issues such as infection or even bone loss in the jaw. In addition, a missing tooth can cause discomfort or other problems when you bite, chew, and talk. Tooth implants are an effective, permanent, and surprisingly simple solution for patients who have missing teeth. Dr. Tadros provides tooth implants for her dental patients in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
A dental implant is essentially an artificial tooth root that acts as a base for an artificial tooth. The implant is placed within the jawbone where it can bond with the natural bone, making it a healthy and solid foundation for crowns or dental bridges.
If you have a missing tooth or a tooth that requires extraction due to damage or infection, you may be a good candidate for a tooth implant. Replacing a missing tooth or teeth is important to preserve proper function of the teeth, preventing issues such as bone loss. They make a good alternative to dentures for many patients facing tooth loss or missing teeth.
Tooth implants have several advantages. They tend to last longer than traditional dentures or dental bridges. Dentures usually last about 7-15 years while implants can last for over 20 years on average. Dental implants also preserve bone, compared to dentures or unaddressed missing teeth which can result in bone resorption. Finally, dental implants are not susceptible to tooth decay, unlike options like supporting a dental bridge with the natural teeth.
To place a tooth implant, Dr. Tadros will first use either local anesthesia or IV sedation to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure. Then, an incision is made in the gums where you are missing a tooth. The implant body can then be placed into the bone. Over the next 3-4 months, this implant body will integrate with your bone.
About 3-4 months after your tooth implant body is placed, Dr. Tadros will then attach an abutment on the implant body, followed by a custom crown or dental bridge. This crown or bridge is custom made to fit well in the gap and match the surrounding teeth in size, shape, and color.
Most patients are surprised at how quick and painless the tooth implant procedure is. Each appointment can be completed in no more than an hour, and most patients can return to work or their normal routine the day after each appointment. There is a very short recovery period after your initial appointment to allow your gums to heal, but any discomfort is easily managed with over-the-counter medication.
If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Tadros at Beauty and the Teeth Dental. Call our Fort Lauderdale office at (954) 519-7465 or contact us online to get started.