Permanent Restorations for a Long-Lasting Smile
Missing teeth can make showing off your smile a challenge. You may also struggle to speak and chew with ease. That’s why, when it comes to completing your smile, dentists like Dr. Alan Markowitz use dental implants to provide a tooth replacement option that looks and feels like the real thing. Unlike other restorative treatments, dental implants can replace your teeth permanently to give you a beautiful smile.
At Great Boca Smiles, our restorative dentist and team are dedicated to helping you achieve your smile goals. Explore our guide to learn more about dental implants. We welcome patients who also live in the Bolay, Sandalfoot Cove, and Whisper Walk areas.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are custom-made restorations designed to mimic a natural tooth. These fixtures are secured directly to your jawbone to help promote bone growth, as well as provide a stable and natural fit with the rest of your smile. A dental implant is comprised of three parts:
- Titanium Post: This fixture is made of a biocompatible alloy and is attached to your jawbone. Through osseointegration, this post will gradually fuse with the jaw structure, creating a permanent foundation for your implant.
- Abutment: The abutment connects the titanium post to the dental crown that’s placed on top of your post. This metal piece will be inserted once your posts are secured.
- Dental Crown: Dr. Markowitz will place a custom-made dental crown to help your restoration blend with the rest of your smile. Our experienced team will make sure your implant’s dental crown matches your natural teeth.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dentists such as Dr. Markowitz consider dental implants to be the gold standard in restorative dentistry due to the multiple benefits they provide patients with. On top of providing a lifetime restoration, other advantages of dental implants include:
- Secured to your jaw for a permanent fit
- Blends seamlessly with your other teeth
- Promotes healthy jawbone growth
- Easy maintenance
The Dental Implant Process
Inserting dental implants can be completed in just a few appointments over the span of six months. As long as an experienced dentist such as Dr. Markowitz is conducting your procedure, you’ll be able to enjoy the health and confidence that comes with having a complete, beautiful smile. The steps in the dental implant process include:
Initial Consultation: Our Boca Raton restorative dentist will first have to inspect the health of your teeth, gums, and bone structure to develop an informed treatment plan. We use state-of-the-art 3D imaging scan technology to produce accurate images of your mouth. That way, our team can plan your surgery to eliminate any guesswork.
Implant Surgery: If approved for dental implants, you’ll return to our office to begin the process of placing your titanium post. Your dentist will give you local anesthetic or a form of sedation dentistry so that you won’t feel any pain or discomfort. You’ll also be given a temporary tooth afterwards while your implant fuses with the jawbone.
Teeth Impressions: The abutment will be placed into your post and impressions of your tooth will be made and sent to a laboratory to create your custom dental crown. This cosmetic fixture will be designed to match the color, shape, and structure of the rest of your natural teeth for a seamless blend with your smile.
Installing Your Final Crown: After your implants have healed, which may take several months, you’ll return to our practice so that Dr. Markowitz can complete the final step by placing your dental crown. The process is easy, and afterwards he’ll inspect your smile to see if any adjustments need to be made.
Dental Implant Candidacy
It’s important for your dentist to determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implants before starting the procedure. Since these fixtures are attached directly to the jawbone, patients need to have a strong jaw structure and a healthy gum line to keep the implant in place.
Otherwise, the surgery may fail and cause even further issues. In the case where patients don’t have proper oral health, our practice can recommend a supplemental procedure such as a bone or gum graft.
Consequences of Missing Teeth
Missing teeth can cause a variety of complications if not immediately treated. Along with negatively impacting your confidence and making you smile less, an incomplete smile can also put your oral health at risk for bone loss, gum disease, and tooth decay. That’s why it’s important to receive a restoration like dental implants to preserve the health of your smile. Not only will your smile be healthy, you’ll have a beautiful appearance for years to come.
Complete Your Smile By Visiting Great Boca Smiles
No matter how many teeth you’re missing, the team at Great Boca Smiles can restore your smile with dental implants. These natural-looking tooth replacements will allow you to eat, speak, and smile with more confidence. Contact us today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Markowitz by calling at (561) 221-2045 or by filling an online contact form below. We proudly welcome patients who live in the Bolay, Sandalfoot Cove, and Whisper Walk, FL areas.