Dental implants are the next best thing to having healthy, natural teeth. Whether you need to replace a single tooth or an entire arch of teeth, dental implants can create a stable foundation for a range of restorations, including crowns, bridges, and dentures. Dr. Alex Planes places and restores implants at our two conveniently located offices in Port St. Lucie and Vero Beach, FL. Dr. Planes is so sure you will benefit from treatment with the high-quality implants we offer at Planes Dental Arts that he guarantees his work for five years while you are coming in for active maintenance visits.
A dental implant is a small titanium post which, when embedded in the jawbone, provides support for restorations. The titanium posts are biocompatible and fuse with the surrounding bone tissue to create a strong, stable foundation. The restorations are then attached to the posts using a small connector, known as an abutment, for a natural-looking result.
Dental implants are placed in the jawbone and act as artificial tooth roots.
Losing a tooth has a ripple effect, which can impact every aspect of your oral health. A space in your smile can cause surrounding teeth to shift, affecting the health and structure of your bite. It also places more pressure on remaining teeth, which can lead to extensive wear on other surfaces. In addition, without the tooth roots, your jaw bone will start to atrophy and lose bone tissue, threatening the stability of your smile.
An implant-supported restoration can halt and even reverse these issues. Replacing a lost tooth holds other teeth in place and redistributes your bite force, so you can chew more comfortably. Since the implant replaces the roots of your tooth as well, dental implants can stop the progression of jawbone atrophy and protect the long-term health of your smile.
If you are missing one or more teeth, you may qualify for treatment with dental implants. The best way to find out if an implant-supported restoration is right for you is to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Planes at our practice. During the appointment, Dr. Planes will perform a comprehensive oral health examination. To qualify for dental implants, you must:
Certain chronic diseases, such as diabetes or heart disease, can interfere with the healing process. If you struggle with one of these conditions or an oral health issue, we can recommend treatment to restore your candidacy for dental implants. Dr. Planes can also perform bone grafts to rebuild jawbone density before implant placement.
Restoring your smile with dental implants involves several stages. First, Dr. Planes will carefully plan your treatment using scans and x-rays. Once the planning phase is complete, Dr. Planes will place your dental implants. We offer several types of sedation to ensure you are comfortable throughout placement.
Replacing lost teeth is crucial to the long-term health of your smile.
During the procedure, Dr. Planes will make small incisions in your gums and then place the number of implants you need, based on the extent of your tooth loss and the type of restoration. For qualifying candidates missing a full arch of teeth, Dr. Planes can place four implants to support a full denture. Over the next three to six months, your implant posts will fuse with the surrounding bone tissue in a process known as osseointegration. This stage is crucial for the long-term support of your restoration. Dr. Planes may ask you to come into our office periodically during this period to monitor the healing process.
When your implants have fully healed, you will return to the office so Dr. Planes can attach the abutments to your posts. We will take impressions of your smile at this point and send the information to our lab so they can fabricate your new, high-quality restoration. Once the restoration is ready, Dr. Planes will connect it to the abutments to reveal your fully restored smile.
Replacing lost teeth is crucial to the long-term health of your smile. Find out if you are a candidate for dental implants today by scheduling a complimentary consultation with Dr. Planes. If you decide to proceed with implants after your consultation, you can receive $500 off your treatment. Contact our office online or call us in Vero Beach at (772) 617-4540 or in Port St. Lucie at (772) 380-4217.