What Are Dental Implants?
Dr. Patel has extensive training in the placement of dental implants and offers patients the convenience of complete services for this procedure in his Bradenton dentist office, Manatee Advanced Dentistry.
Dental implants can be used to replace one or more missing teeth or serve as anchors to secure a denture or dental bridge. Considered the “gold standard” of tooth replacement, dental implants provide lasting results that look and function like a natural tooth. Studies show that dental implants have a 35% higher success rate when compared to traditional fixed bridgework or dentures.
Missing teeth will not only impact your dental health, but have a detrimental effect on daily quality of life. Dr. Patel will recommend the best treatment option for replacing missing teeth after a comprehensive evaluation of you dental health, taking into consideration your personal concerns, goals and budget.
Dental Implant vs. Bridge vs. Denture
All three of these restorations replace missing teeth, however a dental implant is the only one that replaces the actual root structure of a tooth. This means that the prosthetic tooth (or teeth) is permanently fixed in the mouth and does not require any support from neighboring teeth or use of adhesives.
For denture patients, dental implants can minimize speech impediments often associated with loose or ill-fitting dentures. The dental implants will also allow you to eat more foods and chew much more efficiently so you can live your life without concern over what foods you can and cannot eat.
The Dental Implant Process
Dr. Patel has advanced training in implant dentistry and offers the convenience of “one stop shopping” for this procedure: Dr. Patel will complete all phases of the dental implant procedure in his Bradenton dentist office.
After a consultation, Dr. Patel will create a personalized treatment plan for your dental implant(s) and discuss all associated procedures and costs.
The first step is the surgical implantation of a titanium post which will serve as a tooth root and support a dental crown. Dr. Patel offers sedation dentistry to ensure your comfort during this and all phases of your treatment.
After a period of 3-6 months, or once the bone has healed after the implantation of the post, Dr. Patel will place a custom made dental crown.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Dental implants provide several key benefits for long term oral health and current patients have enjoyed an over 95% success rate with this treatment option:
- Improved bone and gum health (compared to alternative restorations)
- Prevents the degradation of health teeth (as in conventional bridgework)
- Improves appearance of smile and lower face
- Patients can enjoy a healthy diet without restrictions
- No worry of slippage or dentures “falling out”