If you have one or more missing teeth, then you are familiar with the challenges of the situation. What may be most difficult is simply knowing that when you smile or speak, people can’t help but notice the gaping hole in your mouth. For some, this is reason enough to avoid social settings and professional gatherings. People with tooth loss may also be malnourished, because they are unable to chew a variety of healthy foods, especially fresh fruits and vegetables. Thus, the need to replace missing teeth is essential. And while there are a number of tooth replacement options, perhaps the best is a dental implant. At Eccella Smiles, dental implants Jacksonville, FL, smiles about are expertly placed for a complete and beautiful smile.
Unlike other tooth replacements such as bridgework, partials and dentures, a dental implant replaces both the root and crown of a missing tooth. Moreover, dental implants can be used for a single replacement or to anchor a permanent denture. Regardless of a patient’s jaw shape or size, we have many different types of implants to accommodate your specific needs.
When you come to Eccella Smiles, the dentist Jacksonville trusts, Dr. Wagner will complete a thorough examination in order to ensure the success of your dental implant. For your convenience and for the best treatment, Dr. Brian Young is a periodontal/implant specialist who is part of the Eccella staff. Dr. Young will complete the surgical implantation portion of your treatment, and Dr. Wagner will create and attach your tooth restoration.
The Dental Implant Process
There are several steps involved in receiving a dental implant. First, Dr. Young will perform minor oral surgery to insert a small titanium post in the jawbone beneath the vacant socket of your missing tooth. In case you have several missing teeth and need implants to secure a permanent denture, implants will be strategically positioned along an entire arch. As you heal, the implant and surrounding bone tissue will fuse together in a process called osseointegration. This creates a secure base for the eventual restoration. Moreover, the implant encourages healthy new bone development, so you avoid the sagging facial appearance that often happens to people with missing teeth.
Healing takes three to six months, after which you will return to our Jacksonville dental practice where Dr. Wagner will attach your custom crafted tooth restoration to the implant. A porcelain veneer is most often used for a single tooth, whereas a partial or full denture can be used to replace several missing teeth.
Call Our Office Today
If you would like to learn more about dental implants, or if you are ready to schedule a consultation to see if dental implants are the solution to your missing teeth, then call Eccella Smiles today. Our beautiful Jacksonville Beach, FL, location invites patients from surrounding areas including Ponte Vedra, Jacksonville, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach and St. Augustine.