It’s no secret that dental implants are the number one solution and yield the best results if you are missing teeth. With today’s modern dental technology, dental implants are highly successful and are the best option for your oral health. The dentist office of Dr. Carter Perkins in Dunnellon, FL recommends dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth. If one tooth is missing, we will recommend a single tooth implant which is an implant supported dental crown that will look just like a natural tooth. If you have several missing teeth, the dentist may use a dental bridge secured by dental implants or denture implants that will blend seamlessly with your smile.
Dental implants are a multi-phased treatment that will require several visits to our Dunnellon, FL dentist office. Dr. Perkins will work with patients throughout the dental implant process for consistent and quality results. The whole process usually takes six to eight months and most patients don’t experience a disruption to their daily lives.
- Treatment Plan
Dental implants require precise planning to ensure success. This will begin with one-on-one time with Dr. Perkins to determine the number and placement of the implants needed to restore the patient’s oral health. He will evaluate your medical history, teeth, gums, and the current state of your oral health. Impressions of your teeth will be taken and a personalized treatment plan to replace your missing teeth will be created. This is the most significant part of the process. A precise diagnosis and a clear, concise treatment plan guarantees the best possible outcome for each patient.
- Surgical Implantation
The next step is the surgical placement of the implants into your jaw bone. We utilize digitally guided implant surgery techniques for more precise implantation. The implants are tiny titanium posts that will serve as the new tooth roots. Through the process of osseointegration, they will fuse with the jaw bone to form a stable bond. The healing process takes approximately three to six months. A healing cap will be placed on the top of the implant or, depending on the location of your missing tooth, a temporary dental restoration may be placed while the implant heals.
- Placement of the Abutment
The cap or temporary restoration will be removed once the bone and gums are healed and the implant has integrated with the surrounding bone. A small abutment is attached to the top of the implant and used as an anchor for the final restoration. This will serve as a foundation for the final restoration (a dental crown, dental bridge, or denture). Another impression will be taken and the process of creating the final restoration will begin.
- Dental Implant Restoration
After brief healing period, you will return to our Dunnellon, FL dentist office and the final restoration will be placed. The dental crown, dental bridge, or denture is secured to the dental implant(s) for a permanent restoration. Our in-house dental lab technician will work with Dr. Perkins to design and fabricate a dental restoration that looks and fits like your natural teeth. We use digital imaging and 3-D design printing technology for natural looking and securely fit dental restorations.
- After Care
The dental implants will look and function the same as natural teeth, in fact, you might even forget you have a dental implant. They require the same proper oral hygiene routine as your original teeth. You will be able to floss and brush normally. Routine visits to the dentist are very important to ensure long term health and function of the implants.