Dental implants are the premier restorative treatment for patients missing one or more permanent teeth. A dental implant comprises a titanium anchor, abutment, and restoration. Combined, these unique parts replace a tooth above and below the gumline. Providing replacement of the tooth root provides better stability after tooth loss and supports bone retention in the jaw. Implants can be placed to secure single dental crowns, dental bridges, or dentures. Dr. Ariosto Rosado offers dental implants in his Port Charlotte, FL, dental office to meet your tooth replacement needs with natural function and aesthetics.
Dental Implants in Port Charlotte, FL
Implants offer many benefits for patients with missing teeth. Dental implants can:
- Improve biting and chewing
- Support bone and gum health
- Restore confident speech
- Look and feel natural
Before implant treatment, Dr. Rosado will thoroughly examine your smile and take digital X-rays to determine if you require bone grafting, root canal treatment, tooth extraction, or periodontal therapy. A bone graft takes bone, typically from the back of the jaw bone if possible, and places it where needed for patients who have experienced jaw bone loss. Bone grafting ensures that implants are secure and stay in place.
During implant treatment, Dr. Rosado places the titanium anchor or post in the jaw bone beneath the gums. He uses images of the smile to accurately place the implants and maximize support from the natural bone. The implant posts themselves are permanent once they integrate with the jaw bone. Patients should avoid smoking or using tobacco products as their implants heal. Nicotine can restrict the blood vessels and slow healing.
Dr. Rosado can create custom dental restorations using in-office milling. He will take digital impressions of the smile and create custom-made restorations secured by the implants.
Dental Implant FAQs
Read answers to commonly asked questions many patients have about dental implants:
How long do dental implants last?
The titanium anchors themselves should last permanently. Dental crowns, bridges, or dentures may require replacement over time. However, the titanium posts should stay securely in the jawbone.
Are dental implants painful?
You will not feel any pain when we place your implants. We will numb your mouth during the oral surgery. Once the anesthetic wears off, we will provide you with pain medication. We recommend placing an ice pack on your cheek in 15-minute increments to reduce swelling. Similarly to tooth extractions or other oral surgeries, you will eat a soft diet directly after implant treatment to minimize discomfort.
Will dental implants stop bone loss?
Missing teeth can create bone loss, which means patients can lose their natural supportive jaw bone. Bone loss can create facial sagging and lead to difficulty eating. We recommend a bone grafting service for patients with bone loss before implant treatment. Bone grafting will place healthy jaw bone tissue where patients have lost their natural bone. Once implants integrate with the jaw bone, they function as a new tooth root and prevent further bone loss.
Replace Missing Teeth
Fill the gaps in your smile left by lost teeth with high-quality, durable dental implants. Contact Sun Smile Dentistry for care today at 941-271-0721 or request a dental appointment with Dr. Rosado online. Please call us if you have any questions about dental implants. We can help make implant treatment work for your needs.