Palm Bay dental implants Restore Your Smile
Have you recently lost or injured a tooth? Many people are seeking a permanent way to replace one or more missing teeth, and luckily, there is an answer! Dr. Christopher Nowacki can perform a dental implant procedure for your needs. To arrange a dental implant consultation, please call our office today.
A dental implant is a tiny metal screw that is placed into the socket of the missing tooth during oral surgery. Over time, the bone will bond with the implant to create a stable, artificial tooth root. After you’re healed, our Palm Bay team will then top the dental implant with a crown to bring back the look and function of an actual tooth. Many patients who receive this revolutionary tooth replacement option even report that they were able to resume a normal diet!
It’s very beneficial to your oral health to fill in the socket of your missing tooth with a dental implant. With no natural root, the jaw bone will begin to deteriorate from lack of use. Placing a dental implant can revitalize the bone and prevent it from weakening. In fact, they can rejuvenate your entire mouth!
Dental implant candidates will need to have adequate mass in their jawbone in order to support the implant. We’ll evaluate you during your initial appointment to determine whether or not dental implants are right for you. Once you’ve been cleared, we’ll begin planning your treatment. Dr. Nowacki wants to fully restore your teeth with dental implants and give you a reason to smile once more!
Please contact us today to arrange a dental implant consultation. Dr. Nowacki sees patients from Palm Bay, Melbourne, Sebastian, Vero Beach, and the surrounding Florida communities. If this will be your first time at our practice, please take a moment to review the information on our new patient page.
The first phase of the dental implant tooth replacement process is to surgically position the implant posts. This is completed by making a small incision in the soft tissue. Then, the titanium implant is screwed into the jawbone. Once in place, we attach a healing cap to the top of the implant. This serves two functions. The first is protecting the dental implant site from potential damage, and the second is retaining the space necessary to attach a connector to the implant that will then support the replacement tooth or teeth. Following this procedure, patients will wait three to six months before receiving their final dental restoration.
Implant-Retained Dental Crowns & Bridges
Traditional dental crowns and bridges are used to restore or replace missing teeth. A crown is a restoration that is typically placed over the top of a damaged or decayed tooth to replace lost tooth structures. However, we can also attach a dental crown to an implant post in order to replace a single missing tooth. In some cases, two replacement teeth can be fused together and attached to the same dental implant post. For patients with three or more consecutive missing teeth, we will likely create a dental bridge. This tooth replacement prosthetic is crafted by fusing two dental crowns, one on each end, to one or more replacement teeth. The traditional variety is attached to healthy surrounding teeth on each side. Instead, we anchor these fixed bridges to at least two dental implant posts. Crowns and bridges are great solutions for patients with minimal, consecutive tooth loss.
Implant-Retained Dental Prosthetics
For patients with more advanced tooth loss, an implant-retained prosthetic will likely be recommended. This includes both partial and full dentures. Partials fill gaps in smiles between healthy teeth and full dentures replace the entire row of teeth. Both prosthetics use a base material to provide support for numerous teeth. In most cases, we can affix the base of both partial and full dentures to about four strategically positioned dental implant posts.
Dental Implant Technology
Besides the materials used, the success of dental implants also relies on the latest technological advancements. Dr. Nowacki strives to provide world-class services using a modern approach to dentistry. He used the CT/Cone Beam Scanner as part of the planning process for your dental implant procedure. In addition to assessing your oral structures, he can also use the information to strategically place your implant posts to promote the long-term success of your new smile.
Cost of Dental Implants
Dental implants in Palm Bay are one of the most superior tooth replacement solutions available. Although more costly than their counterparts: a dental bridge or dentures, dental implants offer a more stable, longer-lasting restoration that will have you pleased with the results and happy with the investment you made in your smile. To better understand the cost of your upcoming procedure, allow us to explain more thoroughly the factors that are considered when providing you with a clear estimate for dental implants.
Dental Implant FAQs
Dental implants are quickly becoming the most popular method of replacing one, two, or several missing teeth. We are always happy to discuss this wonderful tooth replacement option with our patients, and in doing so, we have noticed a few questions in particular that always seem to arise. That’s why we’ve put together this handy FAQ! Keep reading for everything you need to know about dental implants.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a three-part replacement for the root and crown of a missing tooth. The implant post itself is surgically placed beneath the gum line, where it takes the place of the missing tooth’s supportive root structure. A connecting abutment attaches a crown, bridge, or denture to the dental implant.
What are dental implants made out of?
The vast majority of dental implants are made of sturdy titanium. Patients who are allergic or sensitive to metals, however, may benefit from zirconia or ceramic dental implants. These alternatives cost a bit more than traditional titanium.
What’s the process for dental implants?
Dental implants are completed in two phases: initial implantation and later, the restoration. First, the implants are placed in an oral surgery. Over the course of four to six months, osseointegration will take place -- this is when the jaw bone slowly fuses together with the implant post(s). You may wear a temporary tooth replacement during this phase. Once the recovery is complete, the dental implant posts are exposed once more and connecting abutments are placed. The implants will be restored with the prosthetic tooth/teeth soon after.
How long does it take to get dental implants?
It usually takes between six months and a year for the entire dental implant procedure to be competed. The total time depends on a few factors, including where in the jaw your missing teeth are located and whether or not you need to have a bone graft procedure performed first.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Many patients who are missing or on the brink of losing teeth are eligible for dental implants. You should be in suitable oral and overall health in order to fully recover from the procedure. Heavy smokers and patients with suppressed immune systems may be at a high risk of implant failure. Additionally, pregnant women should wait until after birth to get dental implants.
How much do dental implants cost?
The cost of dental implant procedures can vary greatly. Numerous factors -- including the amount of dental implants required, the location of missing teeth, the health of the jawbone, and others will affect the price. Whatever the cost, most patients find it is well worth the investment for a sturdy, long-lasting tooth replacement.
Where can I learn even more about dental implants?
If you are interested in learning more about this comprehensive tooth replacement, do not hesitate to get in touch with your implant dentist, Dr. Christopher Nawrocki! Booking a consultation is the only way to confirm whether or not you are eligible for this treatment, and what you can expect to pay if you are. We warmly invite you to request an appointment today!